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00:00:01 - Growing up in McHenry, Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: If you could just tell me your name first please.

Segment Synopsis: Walker begins by discussing his family and his early childhood growing up in McHenry, Kentucky.

Keywords: Fathers; McHenry (Ky.); Mothers

Subjects: African Americans--Education.; Childhood; Coal mines and mining; Coal mines and mining--Kentucky; Discrimination.; Families.; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky; Teachers; Teachers--Kentucky

GPS: McHenry (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.378333, -86.9225
00:09:23 - Employment

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Partial Transcript: Why did you all move to West Virginia?

Segment Synopsis: The Walker family had to move to West Virginia when the interviewee was fairly young. He talks about the problems with employment that he and his family have had over the years, and the problems that young people have with employment today.

Keywords: Jobs; Occupations; People; Young

Subjects: African Americans--Economic conditions.; African Americans--Education.; African Americans--Employment.; African Americans--Social conditions.; Coal; Coal mines and mining; Unemployment

00:16:21 - Family's attitude toward education

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Partial Transcript: I need to--wanna backtrack just a little bit.

Segment Synopsis: Walker describes the sentiment that his family and the community he grew up in had toward education.

Keywords: Hobos; Schools

Subjects: African Americans--Education.; African Americans--Social conditions.; Education; Education--Study and teaching; Homelessness

00:20:10 - Church

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Partial Transcript: Where did you attend church? Um, or did you attend church when you were young?

Segment Synopsis: Walker talks about his experiences in the church. He begins by talking about the small church his family provided and ends by talking about his return to the church later in life.

Keywords: Churches; Holiness; Mothers; Religious; Saved; Services

Subjects: African American churches; African Americans--Religion.; Churches--Kentucky; Pentecostal churches.

00:34:52 - First impressions of Owensboro, Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: When you first came to Owensboro in thirty-seven?

Segment Synopsis: Walker talks about what Owensboro was like when he first moved there including some of the respected employment positions in the community.

Keywords: African American doctors

Subjects: African American physicians; African Americans--Employment.; African Americans--Social conditions.; Owensboro (Ky.); Poverty; Race relations--Kentucky

GPS: Owensboro (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.757748, -87.11839
00:43:13 - Integration

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Partial Transcript: Need to ask you a question about the when they pushed for integrated schools, um, back in the the late fifties, that era. Did you favor integration for the schools?

Segment Synopsis: Walker presents his argument for why integration was not a good thing for the black community, as well as some experiences he has heard about concerning racial discrimination in education.

Keywords: Children; Expulsion; Racism

Subjects: African Americans--Education.; African Americans--Social conditions.; Discrimination in education.; Education; Integration; Race discrimination.; Segregation in education.; Teachers; Teachers--Kentucky

GPS: Owensboro (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.757748, -87.11839
00:53:05 - Public segregation

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Partial Transcript: What, what type of things, uh, have been disturbances would you say?

Segment Synopsis: Walker and his wife discuss the discrimination that took place before the civil rights movement, including exclusion from public places.

Keywords: Civil rights movements; Houses; Movies; Places; Pools; Restaurants; Schools; Stores; Swimming

Subjects: African Americans--Crimes against.; African Americans--Education.African American business enterprises; African Americans--Housing.; African Americans--Segregation; African Americans--Social conditions.; Discrimination in housing.; Segregation.; Violence

GPS: Owensboro (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.757748, -87.11839
01:09:17 - Civil rights movement and current tensions

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Partial Transcript: Wh, when the civil rights movement started getting more momentum, you know after the sixties started picking up movement to get voting and all. Were there any leaders in Owensboro that you can remember?

Segment Synopsis: Walker talks about the civil rights movement and some of the tensions that still exist in the community today because of it.

Keywords: Churches

Subjects: African American churches; African American clergy.; African Americans--Civil rights; African Americans--Civil rights--Kentucky; African Americans--Civil rights--Southern States; African Americans--Social conditions.; Civil rights movements--United States

GPS: Owensboro (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.757748, -87.11839
01:15:10 - Neblett Center

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Partial Transcript: What do you--how would you describe the, the role of the Neblett Center in black community?

Segment Synopsis: Walker talks about the role the Neblett Center plays in his community and what kinds of things the Neblett Center offers to different age groups.

Keywords: Community centers

Subjects: African Americans--Recreation; African Americans--Social life and customs.; Owensboro (Ky.)

GPS: Owensboro (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.757748, -87.11839
01:18:59 - Owensboro, Kentucky today

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Partial Transcript: L, l, looking back at, uh, the changes you've seen in, in Daviess County/ Owensboro, you know from the thirties up to today, what would you say would be the, uh, most positive accomplishments that like, like--for African Americans in Owensboro?

Segment Synopsis: Walker discusses some of the good things and some of the bad things that have happened as a result of the civil rights movement in Owensboro.

Keywords: Cars; Civil rights and the struggle for Black equality in the twentieth century; Integration; Television; Violence

Subjects: African Americans--Civil rights--Kentucky; African Americans--Social conditions.; Civil rights movements--United States; Owensboro (Ky.)

GPS: Owensboro (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.757748, -87.11839
01:36:10 - Father's experiences with slavery

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Partial Transcript: See my daddy was a slave.

Segment Synopsis: Walker tells some stories that his father told him about what it was like being a slave.

Keywords: Slaves; Soldiers

Subjects: African Americans--Crimes against.; African Americans--Segregation; African Americans--Social conditions.; Slavery; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

01:44:04 - Military service

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Partial Transcript: Were you in the service?

Segment Synopsis: Walker talks about some of his experiences with segregation in the military.

Keywords: Restaurants

Subjects: African Americans--Military service; African Americans--Segregation; African Americans--Social conditions.; Discrimination in the military; United States. Army--Military life; World War, 1939-1945

01:50:10 - Sentiments towards white people

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Partial Transcript: Did you, did you have any whites at all coming into the black community back then or was it, like you know, or was it pretty much completely separate?

Segment Synopsis: In this final segment, Walker discusses his previous sentiments about white people and how those sentiments have changed over the years.

Keywords: Music; Violence

Subjects: African American neighborhoods; African Americans--Segregation; African Americans--Social conditions.; King, Martin Luther, Jr. 1929-1968; Race relations--Kentucky