Kentucky Historical Society

Interview with Helen Fisher Frye

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Fri, 07/28/2000




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Helen Fisher Frye describes her graduate work at Indiana University and Ohio State which involved intense summers and weekly travel from Danville to Jeffersonville, IN, I U Extension. Her first attempt at taking a University of Kentucky class was soon after the Lyman Johnson lawsuit UK decided that only on campus classes would be open to Negroes and Frye was not allowed to take an off campus class in Danville. When she was burned out from grading so many 6th graders papers, she decided to get another Masters, in Library Science at UK. She recalls some of the prejudice she experienced and her reluctance to take her oral exams. In recent years Frye has been active in promoting African American Historical Preservation in Danville. Transcript available.

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