Lincoln Institute Oral History Collection 2003-2008

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This collection consists of thirty-nine videocassettes of interviews with eighty-six individuals who were students at Lincoln Institute at various times ranging from the 1930s through 1966 when the school closed. The interviews were recorded by Berea College Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies, Andrew Baskin with the assistance of Symerdar Baskin.Lincoln Institute was an all-black boarding high school in Simpsonville, Kentucky, near Louisville, that operated from 1912 to 1966.The school was created by the trustees of Berea College after the Day Law passed the Kentucky Legislature in 1904 which put an end to the racially integrated education at Berea that had lasted since the end of the Civil War. The founders originally intended Lincoln to be a college as well as a high school, but by the 1930s it gave up its junior college function. Lincoln offered both vocational education and standard high school classes. The students produced the schools food on the campus 444 acres. Lincoln alumnus, Whitney Young, Jr., became a prominent leader of the Civil Rights Movement and served as director of the National Urban League from 1961 to 1971. Born at Lincoln in 1921, he was the son of Whitney Young, Sr. who led the school as its longtime principal. The rise of integrated education reduced the need for high schools like Lincolns. Since its 1966 closing, the Lincoln campus has housed gifted and talented programs, the Whitney Young, Jr. Job Corps Center, and the Whitney Young Birthplace and Museum, a National Historic Landmark.

Datesort descending Interviewee(s) Interviewer(s)
Pearl Washington Allen Andrew Baskin
Clyde Cranford Andrew Baskin
Frank E. Goodloe Andrew Baskin
Robert Luney Andrew Baskin
Samuel Robinson Andrew Baskin
Jennie Williams Andrew Baskin
Exie Johnson Anderson Andrew Baskin
Oscar Crawford Andrew Baskin
James Goodloe Andrew Baskin
William Mack Andrew Baskin
Rudolph Shaefer Andrew Baskin
Jewell Dean Williams Andrew Baskin
Bettye Banks Andrew Baskin
Linda L. Crittenden Andrew Baskin
William Goodloe Andrew Baskin
Estelle Marshall Andrew Baskin
Gladys Smith Andrew Baskin
Josephine Johnson Woodruff Andrew Baskin
Willetta Barnett Andrew Baskin
John Cunningham Andrew Baskin
Sylvia Graves Andrew Baskin
Robert Marshall Andrew Baskin
John W. Smith Andrew Baskin
Elizabeth Overall Yocum Andrew Baskin
James Beaumont Andrew Baskin
Judith Taylor Cunningham Andrew Baskin
Carolyn Hampton Andrew Baskin
Bernard Minnis Andrew Baskin
Wanda Sleets Smith Andrew Baskin
Eleanor Young-Love Andrew Baskin
Shirley Beaumont Andrew Baskin
Rose Cunningham Andrew Baskin
Natholee B. Harris Andrew Baskin
Thezeda McElroy Moore Andrew Baskin
William E. Smith Andrew Baskin
Charles Bradley Andrew Baskin
Herebert Dorsey Andrew Baskin
George Hayden Andrew Baskin
Veltra Moran Andrew Baskin
Willmott South Andrew Baskin
Joan Bradley Andrew Baskin
Dorthy Dowe Andrew Baskin
Zenda M. Jones Andrew Baskin
Mary Helen Mumphrey Andrew Baskin
Wilma Spencer Andrew Baskin
Gary W. Brown Andrew Baskin
William Drake Andrew Baskin
Joseph Johnson Andrew Baskin
Ronald Overall Andrew Baskin
Carrie B. Stewart Andrew Baskin
Victor L. Brown Andrew Baskin
Barbara Fair Andrew Baskin
Kenneth Johnson Andrew Baskin
Sara Yocum Overall Andrew Baskin
Carl C. Talbert Andrew Baskin
Wanda Brown Andrew Baskin
Grace Mackey Fields Andrew Baskin
Geraldene Brown Lambert Andrew Baskin
Vivian Overall Andrew Baskin
Mary Taylor Andrew Baskin
Vern B. Burks Andrew Baskin
Jacqueline Burley Fleming Andrew Baskin
Stella K. Lee Andrew Baskin
Hattie Cottrell Payne Andrew Baskin
Daniel E. Thomas Andrew Baskin
Dicey W. Cochran Andrew Baskin
Willie Fleming Andrew Baskin
Judith Livers Lewis Andrew Baskin
John E. Pennington Andrew Baskin
Neal W. Thompson Andrew Baskin
Mary L. Cole Andrew Baskin
Claude Garnett Andrew Baskin
Virginia Lowe Lewis Andrew Baskin
Charles E. Powell Andrew Baskin
Anna Warren Andrew Baskin
Etta C. Coleman Andrew Baskin
Christine Graves Gay Andrew Baskin
Mary Jacob Livers Andrew Baskin
Helen Powell Andrew Baskin
Walter Watters Andrew Baskin
Sabri M. Akural Andrew Baskin
Mary G. Collins Andrew Baskin
Berta Gayle Andrew Baskin
Jewell Logan Andrew Baskin
Hugh Ella Robinson Andrew Baskin
Barbara Whyte Andrew Baskin