Kentucky Historical Society

Interview with Charles Whitehead

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Sat, 11/18/2000




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Charles Whitehead recalls his sharecropping family and slave heritage on a Plantation in Mississippi. During World War II (WW II) his family moved to Ohio where he lived and went to school in the largest incorporated black community in America. Later he attended integrated Hughes High School in Cincinnati where he faced barriers. He took advantage of every opportunity he discovered whether on the football team or summer employment. He tells of some experiences with racial discrimination while serving in the military in the south and of going to work at Ashland Corporation as the first African American employee. Transcript available.

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