Kentucky Historical Society

Interview with Ricardo Sisney

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Mon, 06/05/2000

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1999OH01.51

Sisney recalls the schools he attended in Henderson and some of his teachers, going to Kentucky State College, and becoming a teacher. The schools continued to be segregated until shortly after he began teaching, in Bowling Green where he worked throughout his career. He tells of an occasion when, as boys, he and his friends rode bicycles into a forbidden area of Henderson. He tells how Black teachers and coaches did not get a fair deal when integration came, and how he was passed over for the Principal position where he had been Assistant Principal for many years. As a Hearing Commissioner for the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, Sisney conducted hearings in Owensboro, Henderson and Bowling Green. Transcript available.

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