Kentucky Historical Society

Oral History Interview with Bob Thurmond

Date of Interview: 

Wed, 05/23/2018

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Subjects: 

Russellville Concrete Products, Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School, Bettye Hite, Bettye Thurmond, Hal Hart Thurmond, Hopkinsville Chamber of Commerce, Hopkinsville Human Relations Commission, Hopkinsville High School, Bellarmine College, family life, Family life--Anecdotes, Parenting, Civil rights, Catholicism, Priesthood, Women's rights, Vietnam War, Multiple sclerosis, Conscription (Military service), the Draft.

Call Number: 

2018OH02.4

92 minutes. This interview is a part of the Integrating Segregated Histories Oral History Project. Bob Thurmond discusses his life growing up in Hopkinsville, Kentucky and the race relations of the town during the 1950s and 1960s. Thurmond discusses his parents, Bettye and Hal Hart Thurmond, and their political, civic, and social activism in the city of Hopkinsville, the state of Kentucky, and on a national level as well. Thurmond also discusses his father's concrete products business, Blue Lake Block Company, his relationships with his seven siblings, his college years, his own social justice activism, the Vietnam War, and his current views on social justice.

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