Western Kentucky University, Special Collections Library

Interview with Ernest and Willa Mae Bell

Date of Interview: 

Tue, 05/11/1993





One-room schools - Logan County (Ky.), School children - Transportation - Logan County (Ky.), Corporal punishment of children - Logan County (Ky.), African Americans--Education--1920-1960, Education Segregation, Education Integration, Teachers, African American, Elkton (Ky.), Todd County (Ky.)--Social life and customs., Logan County (Ky.) - Social life and customs

Call Number: 

FA 166 B1 F32

Ernest and Willa Mae Bell both attended one-rooms school in rural Logan County, Kentucky. The interview is largely with Mr. Bell who describes the school structure, day-to-day experiences in school, transportation, and discipline. The couple describe the role of the church and the school in the African American community where they were reared, both reflect on the pros and cons of segregated v. integrated schools. The couple had ten children, all of whom attended schools in Todd County, KY. At the time of the interview the couple had resided in Elkton, Todd County, KY for twenty years. Mr. Bell worked for the stone company.

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