Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Madeline C. Jones, June 21, 1978

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:03 - Career overview

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Partial Transcript: My name is Edward Owens. I'm working for the Urban League on the Oral Black History Project.

Segment Synopsis: Madeline Jones is introduced. She talks about her education at Dunbar High School and West Virginia State College before becoming a teacher. She later received her masters degree from the University of Kentucky. She worked in the public school system until her retirement.

Keywords: Dunbar High School; Lexington (Ky.); Masters degrees; Parents; Physical education; Public school system; Retirement; Salary; Science; Substitute teachers; University of Kentucky; West Virginia State College

Subjects: African American college students.; African Americans--Education (Higher); African Americans--Education.; African Americans--Employment.; Teachers--Kentucky; Teaching

GPS: University of Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.033333, -84.5
00:01:45 - Teaching conditions in all-Black schools

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Partial Transcript: What were the teaching conditions like in the all-Black schools?

Segment Synopsis: Jones discusses the teaching conditions in the all-Black schools. She talks about the amount of support from parents, and says that though the schools were separate they were not equal. She talks about the problems caused by large class sizes and the lack of supplies. She talks about some of the activities for students at the schools, including music classes, health classes, and plays.

Keywords: "Separate but equal"; Activities; Bible study; Black community; Black history; Changes; Class size; Cooperation; Direct contact; Discrepancies in salary; Dual system; Duties; Elementary schools; Elite; Health; Improvising; Manners; Materials; Music teachers; Overcrowding; Parental support; Plays; Quality of education; Resources; Subjects; Supplies; Training

Subjects: African Americans--Education.; African Americans--Employment.; African Americans--Recreation; African Americans--Social conditions.; Discrimination in education.; Discrimination in employment.; Lexington (Ky.)--Race relations.; Race discrimination.; Racism--Kentucky--Lexington; Segregation in education--Kentucky; Teachers--Kentucky; Teaching

00:10:56 - Integration of public schools in Lexington

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Partial Transcript: Now the schools integrated in 1956.

Segment Synopsis: Jones talks about the changes that occurred when schools were integrated. She talks about the reactions of white students, as well as white teachers, when interacting with Black students. She talks about how the Board of Education felt about teachers' participation in the civil rights movement.

Keywords: Board of education; Booker T. Washington School; Changes; Charlotte Court; Children; Fear; Imperial Trails; Involvement; Lack of control; Participation; Students; Transfers; White students; White teachers

Subjects: African American neighborhoods; African Americans--Education.; African Americans--Employment.; African Americans--Social conditions.; Civil rights demonstrations; Civil rights movements--United States; Lexington (Ky.)--Race relations.; School integration--Kentucky; Teachers--Kentucky; Teaching

GPS: Booker T. Washington School
Map Coordinates: 38.069378, -84.500850
00:15:44 - Outstanding teachers

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Partial Transcript: Who were some of the outstanding teachers who taught with you?

Segment Synopsis: Jones names some of the outstanding teachers she worked with at Booker T. Washington School.

Keywords: Booker T. Washington School

Subjects: Teachers--Kentucky; Teaching

GPS: Booker T. Washington School
Map Coordinates: 38.069378, -84.500850
00:18:51 - Demographics of Booker T. Washington School

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Partial Transcript: Where did you go when you left Booker T. Washington School?

Segment Synopsis: Jones talks about where the students that attended Booker T. Washington School lived, and how they changed over time.

Keywords: Black neighborhoods; Booker T. Washington School; Charlotte Court; Demographics; Faculty; Moving; Retirement; Students

Subjects: African American neighborhoods; African Americans--Education.; African Americans--Housing.; Teachers--Kentucky; Teaching

GPS: Booker T. Washington School
Map Coordinates: 38.069378, -84.500850
00:21:53 - Current state of education

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Partial Transcript: Mrs. Jones is there anything else that you'd like to comment on that I haven't asked you?

Segment Synopsis: Jones talks about the current lack of interest in education by both parents and children. She talks about the current quality of education. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Booker T. Washington School; Children; Freedom; Lack of interest; Parents; Quality of education; Technology

Subjects: African American families; African Americans--Conduct of life.; African Americans--Education.; African Americans--Social conditions.; Childhood

GPS: Booker T. Washington School
Map Coordinates: 38.069378, -84.500850