Kentucky Historical Society

Interview with Wesley Acton

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Wed, 05/05/1999

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1999OH01.17

Acton speaks of life under segregation, particularly in schools, the dedicated Black teachers who had to go out of state to get Master's degrees, and of his own experience as a teacher in the gradually integrating schools of Owensboro. He challenged segregation at lunch counters and movies and was involved in various NAACP activities. He tells of his efforts to clean up a Black cemetery and to help found the Commission on Human Rights. Transcript available.

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