Kentucky Historical Society

Interview with Causten Meaux

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Mon, 08/11/2014





Miss Adie Belle, Mayo School, Meldora Louise Meaux, Zenovia Della Meaux, Rochella Meaux, Clement Louis Meaux, Ellison Veronica Meaux, Causten Meaux, Morrison Marconi Meaux, Maureen Lamar Meaux, Maudie J. (Blanche) Meaux, Delcie Serena Meaux, Van Meaux, John Meaux, Mr. Houchins, Ferris Jones, Johnny Meaux, Nancy Redmon, Lonnie Jenkins, Johnny Hockersmith, Larry Yeager, Myron Coleman, Robert Cunningham, 101 st Airbome Division ("Screaming Eagles"), VietNam, Louisville, Harrodsburg Blanche (Meaux), LaWanda Overstreet, A. R. Brown, Aubrey Yeager, Goodlett, Billy and Bobby Grider, Wes Montgomery, Charles Meaux

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28 minutes. Rev. Causten Meaux discusses life for African Americans residing in north em Mercer County during the 1950's & 1960's. One of eleven children (one of whom died shortly after birth), Rev. Meaux describes his family upbringing in a three-room house & the role their Christian faith played during childhood and integration of public schools. He was among the first black students to graduate from Mercer County High School. After graduation, he attended business school then he served with the 101st Airbome Division in Vietnam. After military service, he returned home, married, and completed requirements to be a Certified Public Accountant. He was born in Mercer County, KY in 1945. His parents were Garnetta Jones Meaux and Ambrose Meaux. Other topics discussed include: Rural life for African Americans in Mercer County during the 1950's & 1960's; School Integration; Racism; Attending Church at Dividing Ridge Baptist Church and Meaux Chapel AME Church in northern Mercer County; Mayo School; West Side School; Salvisa Grade School; Mercer County High School

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