Whites west of 16th Street, blacks east, unless they came to help," said Betty Bond, who spent her days at the Academy of the Holy Names and said that by night, "we danced our way through Washington."
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"But when everybody's poor, nobody knows they're poor," she said. "Our community was a nucleus where everybody knew everybody. It was just a nice place where children could grow up."