The education that the children of Great Faith Elementary and Secondary School receive is in no way equal to the education that the children of Jefferson Davis County School receive. In the Jim Crow era, even public schools themselves symbolized the difference in education they provided. Jefferson Davis Elementary was named after the president of the Confederacy, and the Confederate flag flies over it (above the American flag), signifying that the school administration is unhappy with the outcome of the Civil War and views the Black children of Great Faith Elementary as inferior.
The conditions of the two schools further illustrate the different value placed on the educations of the two schools. Jefferson Davis County School is “a long white wooden building looming in the distance. Behind the building was a wide sports field around which were scattered rows of tiered gray-looking benches. In front of it were two yellow busses.” Students at Jefferson Davis have all the supplies and teachers they need. Great Faith, on the other hand— which all the students have to walk to—“was a dismal end to an hour’s journey. Consisting of four weather-beaten wooden houses on stilts of brick. 320 students, seven teachers, a principal, a caretaker, and the caretaker’s cow . . . ” The students of Great Faith are constantly reminded that they are not considered equal to the students of Jefferson Davis.