Kentucky Historical Society

Interview with Dixie Logan & Elizabeth Van Leer & James Van Leer & John Cox

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Sun, 08/11/2002

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2002OH08.7b

Ms. Logan tells about her experience as administrator of the first integrated school in Hopkins County. Though the Board of Education fought integration in court, Ms. Logan recalls minimal problems in and around the building when black student James Van Leer arrived in September, 1957. Mrs. Van Leer enrolled her son, James, in the previously all white Waddill Avenue school in September 1957 after a federal court ordered the Hopkins County district to integrate. She and her family suffered threats from segregationists in the community. James Van Leer was the first African American to attend school with white students in Hopkins County. He enrolled in Waddill Avenue School in the Fall of 1957 after a year-long battle in court. John Cox grew up in Madisonville and attended all-white schools. His discussion recalls the transition locally and he offers possible steps taken to slow integration. Release form available. Transcript available.

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