Kentucky Historical Society

Interview with Jennie Wilson

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Thu, 08/17/2000

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1999OH01.66

Alice Wilson tells the story of how she and nine other African American students, who had completed 8th grade at the all Black Dunbar School, decided on their own to register at the all White Mayfield High School after learning about the 1954 Supreme Court Decision. She tells how school personnel were shocked but accepted them and how white students lined the sidewalk and taunted the Black students. Responses from teachers were mixed, but one of the advantages was being better prepared for college. One of the disadvantages was the lack of student organizational involvement. Transcript available.

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