Kentucky Historical Society

Interview with Wiliam Wheat

Date of Interview: 

Fri, 11/22/2013





black communty, African American community, Segregation, desegregation, factory work, Education

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76 minutes. William (Billy) Wheat discusses a one-room school that has been turned into a private residence. He discusses travelling out of town to farm someone elses land and shares memories that African Americans were not allowed to eat inside a restaurant during segregation. His memories include, drinking water was brought to the house from a well, part-time jobs he had to help to pay for books and a black cemetery was that located on Burkesville Street. His parents were Mary Lee Wheat and Robert Wallace Wheat, Sr. He was born in 1948.

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