Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Sue Ann Salmon, December 1st, 1978

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:03 - Student life at the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: That's the thing is it's inconspicuous.

Segment Synopsis: Sue Ann Salmon talks about her activities during her time as a student at the University of Kentucky. She talks about working at the newspaper Blue Tail Fly.

Keywords: College campuses; Diplomatic protests; Journalism; Newspapers; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.

Subjects: Anti-war demonstrations.; College environment; College student newspapers and periodicals; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Politics.; University of Kentucky

00:08:17 - Student organizations

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Partial Transcript: So you didn't--wh, when did you start UK?

Segment Synopsis: Salmon talks about what life was like on campus and the kinds of student movements that existed at the University of Kentucky. She mentions specific student organizations such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Keywords: Anti-war demonstrations; Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.); Student government; Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.)

Subjects: College campuses; College environment; College students--Political activity.; College students--Social conditions; Politics.; Student movements--United States.; Student protesters

00:15:44 - Political movements

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Partial Transcript: Somebody told me that at one point there was a, uh, like a regional or a national--

Segment Synopsis: Salmon talks about her perception of the student political movements on campus and the general public opinion of those movements at the time.

Keywords: Governor Happy Chandler; Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970.; Politics; Sociology; Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.)

Subjects: Anti-war demonstrations; College students--Political activity.; Demonstrations.; Diplomatic protests.; Student protesters; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.

00:22:02 - Buell Armory burning--Preceding events

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Partial Transcript: I can just go over what happened that night if you'd like--

Segment Synopsis: Salmon tells the story of her involvement during the night the Buell Armory burned down. She first talks about her reaction to seeing the police and onlookers observing the event.

Keywords: Anxiety; College campuses; Emotions; Firearms; Fires; Gardens; Intimidation; Lexington (Ky.)

Subjects: Anti-war demonstrations.; Diplomatic protests.; Police.; Riot control.; Riots.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.

00:30:36 - Buell Armory burning--In the march

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Partial Transcript: And, uh--(coughs)--up there was a couple lines of, um, campus police and they were less intimidating than those guys down near the, uh--Euclid, by the Student Center.

Segment Synopsis: Salmon talks about getting caught up in the protest march, and how she felt observing everything go on around her. She talks about being arrested and accused of burning down the armory.

Keywords: Clothing and dress; College campuses; Drugs; Journalism; University of Kentucky

Subjects: Arson.; College environment; College students--Political activity.; Police.; Student protesters

00:39:50 - Undergoing questioning at the police station

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Partial Transcript: There I was, with all these guys that were dressed up in police uniforms or fireman outfits, and, and, um, they had a, a woman police person, uh, search me.

Segment Synopsis: Salmon talks about what happened after she was arrested. She talks about being taken to the police station and questioned about the arson. She talks about her emotions in regard to the people who were questioning her.

Keywords: Father; Fingerprints; Judges; Lawyers; Newspapers; Parents; Politics

Subjects: Criminal investigation.; Firemen.; Police.; Questioning.

00:48:05 - Experiences in jail

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Partial Transcript: Anyway, uh, that was before Fryman questioned me.

Segment Synopsis: Salmon talks about her time in the holding cell while she was under investigation for arson. She also talks about the time leading up to her hearing, and seeing students on campus get hit by tear gas.

Keywords: Police charges; Reporters and reporting; Tear gas; Witnesses; Women

Subjects: Arson.; Campus violence; College campuses.; College students--Political activity.; College students.; Lawyers.; Police.; Student protesters; Universities and colleges--Safety measures.; Universities and colleges--Security measures

00:58:39 - Court hearing on arson charges

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Partial Transcript: So, anyway I had my, uh, character wit, witnesses lined up and was all ready to go and I figured it'd be dismissed right away.

Segment Synopsis: Salmon talks about the hearing for her arson charges and how she prepared for it. She talks about getting character witnesses together, and how she was led to believe it would be dismissed for lack of evidence.

Keywords: Criminal charges; Newspapers; Resentment; Richard Nixon; University of Kentucky

Subjects: Evidence.; Lawyers.; Police charges.; Police.; Trials (Arson)