Kentucky Historical Society

Interview with Howard E. Bailey

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Mon, 10/23/2000

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1999OH01.71

Bailey is now Dean of Students and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University where he was a college student. He tells about his undergraduate experience in the interview following his discussion of his hometown, Middlesboro, KY. He describes the community as somewhat integrated; some social patterns were definitely segregated and others less so. Bailey describes a number of incidents resulting from segregation and resistance to it. His high school was integrated as of his junior year although athletics was integrated two years earlier. He tells of playing on an integrated football team which, when they played in Corbin and Ft. Thomas, had to be prepared to leave immediately after the game and ride home in their uniforms and helmets. Still adults in these towns threw stones at their bus. Transcript available.

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