Oral History

James Atwater - On how the memory of desegregation shapes local schools

Interviewed by Jennifer Nardone on February 28, 2001

This interview is part of a project conducted by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate and undergraduate students in a 2001 oral history course. Topics include Chapel Hill's efforts to end racial segregation in the public schools; the process of creating integrated institutions; and the ways in which the memory of those experiences shapes schools to this day. Interviewees include former teachers, students, and administrators from Lincoln High School, the historically black school that closed when the desegregation plan was implemented, and Chapel Hill High School, which was integrated in 1962.

James Atwater - On how the memory of desegregation shapes local schools

Oral history interview of Atwater, James conducted by Nardone, Jennifer on February 28, 2001 at Tyson's Corner, VA.

Citation: Southern Oral History Program, “James Atwater - On how the memory of desegregation shapes local schools,” From the Rock Wall, accessed June 13, 2024, https://fromtherockwall.org/oral-histories/james-atwater-on-how-the-memory-of-desegregation-shapes-local-schools.

Rights: Open for research. The Southern Oral History Program (SOHP) welcomes non-commercial use and access that qualifies as fair use to all unrestricted interview materials in the collection. The researcher must cite and give proper credit to the SOHP. The SOHP requests that the researcher informs the SOHP as to how and where they are using the material.

View this interview on the Southern Oral History Program website

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