Negroland Setting & Symbolism

Margo Jefferson
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Negroland

Negroland is Jefferson's word for the elite group of Negros who lived a “sheltered” life because of their privilege. It was a group of people rather than a place, and represented the people of her childhood. The adults of those families were professionals and relatively affluent. They exhibited good manners and good taste. They stood up for themselves, but through the courts and newspapers. The children attended the best schools and studied arts in order to become well-rounded adults.

Interlochen

Interlochen was a summer camp Jefferson attended to study the arts, including music and drama. The camp was a respite from the rigors of her teenage years because there were fewer chances that she could make mistakes during those months at camp.

The Negro Girl at Interlochen

During Jefferson's final year at Interlochen, another Negro girl was in attendance. Manners prompted Jefferson to stop and talk to...

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