For Gladys Maddox, being a strong individual about her race was a trait that was instilled in her at a young age.
“My mother and daddy didn’t raise no fools. Nobody ran over us, we stood up for ourselves in school,” she said.
Maddox and her siblings attended Durham Elementary and High School. Until her senior year, she attended Taylor County High School. While she wasn’t the first African American to attend TCHS, she and her five classmates were the first class to integrate and graduate together.