The Amazing Zenora Scott

“Zenora Scott, left, worked as cook at the Waco Methodist Home for 36 years, and for over a decade she prepared meals for the hundreds of students who ate in the main dining room. When the new student center kitchen replaced the old kitchen, she moved there and continued cooking. Famed for her yeast rolls, Scott prepared them for Superintendents Johnson, Copeland, and Daniels successively, and she observed the all-white institution which had first employed her integrate first the children, then the house mothers, and finally the social workers. Of all the children whom Scott knew, she remembered Dawnyce Martin as the friendliest. ‘She would always come down from her dormitory upstairs over the dining room and visit with me. She was always a nice girl and I will never forget her.’ Photo courtesy of Methodist Home Archives.”

From the book “Centennial” (1990) by Patricia Ward Wallace.

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