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00:00:21 - Family background

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Partial Transcript: This is an oral history interview with Mr. P. G. Peeples for the University of Kentucky African American Alumni Experience.

Segment Synopsis: P. G. Peeples is introduced. He talks about his parents and grandparents and their occupations. He briefly talks about the coal mining history in Lynch, Kentucky, located in Harlan County. He says the town was owned by the U.S. Steel company.

Keywords: Alabama; Company stores; Family roots; Grandparents; Occupations; Out-migration; Parents; Poor; Siblings; Socioeconomic status; U.S. Steel

Subjects: African American coal miners; African American families; African Americans--Economic conditions.; African Americans--Employment.; Coal miners--Kentucky--Harlan County; Coal miners--Kentucky--Lynch; Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Harlan County; Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Lynch; Company towns; Harlan County (Ky.); Lynch (Ky.); United States Steel Company

GPS: Harlan County (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 36.86, -83.22
00:06:00 - Early education

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Partial Transcript: Where did you attend elementary, junior high, and high school?

Segment Synopsis: Peeples talks about his education in Lynch, Kentucky before attending Southeast Community College. He says the schools in the town were segregated when he began, but integrated his senior year. He talks about his participation in extracurricular activities. He says the schools in Lynch had better resources than some other schools due to funding by U.S. Steel.

Keywords: Academics; Basketball; Black teachers; Caring; Challenging; Class officers; Community; County schools; Cumberland (Ky.); East Main High School; Eastern Kentucky social clubs; Elementary schools; Extracurricular activities; Family values; Favorite teachers; Football; Grades; Independent school districts; Investment; Leadership roles; Motivation; Opportunities; Parents; Preparation; Relationships; Representatives; Resources; Reunions; Segregated schools; Southeast Community College; U.S. Steel; White friends; White teachers

Subjects: African American families; African Americans--Education.; African Americans--Recreation; African Americans--Social conditions.; African Americans--Social life and customs.; Company towns; Harlan County (Ky.); Lynch (Ky.); Race relations--Kentucky; School integration--Kentucky; Segregation in education--Kentucky; Teachers--Kentucky; United States Steel Company

GPS: Lynch (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 36.965, -82.916667
00:17:10 - Family life

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Partial Transcript: Would you describe your family as a close-knit family?

Segment Synopsis: Peeples says his family was close-knit, and talks about the types of activities they did together. He talks about the importance of sports in Lynch, and talks about the role of the church in his life.

Keywords: Athletics; Baseball teams; Basketball games; Close-knit; Entertainment; Family meals; Fathers; First Baptist Church; Fishing; Football games; High school sports; Hunting; Junior church; Outdoors; Reunions; Sharing; Social role; Supportive

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American families; African Americans--Recreation; African Americans--Religion.; African Americans--Social life and customs.; Childhood; Coal miners--Kentucky--Lynch; Company towns; Harlan County (Ky.); Lynch (Ky.); Sports

GPS: Lynch (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 36.965, -82.916667
00:22:51 - Experiences in New York City

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Partial Transcript: I know you mentioned earlier that none of your siblings had gone to college; you were the first one.

Segment Synopsis: Peeples talks about his decision to attend college. He talks about his summer trips to visit his siblings in New York while he was in high school. He says working and living in New York exposed him to experiences and situations which prepared him for his later life.

Keywords: Community colleges; Decisions; Exposure; Jobs; Life experiences; Manhattan (New York, N.Y.); Messengers; New York City (N.Y.); Opportunities; Protests; Riots; Siblings; Summer vacations; Teenagers

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African American families; African Americans--Conduct of life.; African Americans--Employment.; African Americans--Social conditions.; Civil rights demonstrations; New York (N.Y.)

GPS: New York (N.Y.)
Map Coordinates: 40.7127, -74.0059
00:26:41 - Atmosphere at the University of Kentucky for African American students

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Partial Transcript: Now that translated into another thing that was very helpful to me in my later life, and that was--(coughs)--when I came to University of Kentucky.

Segment Synopsis: Peeples talks about feeling prepared to attend UK due to his experiences in New York, despite the school's negative reputation. He talks about race relations at UK, mentioning racist attitudes from his roommate and fraternity members, as well as positive attitudes from members of his college. He talks about whether he faced discrimination from faculty members.

Keywords: Apprehension; Class size; Council of Special Education; Demographics; Deweese Street; Dogs; Dormitories; Eastern Kentucky University; Experiences; First day; Fraternities; Front of class; Kentucky State University; New York City (N.Y.); Nightclubs; Organization presidents; Professors; Racial slurs; Relationships; Reputations; Roommates; Socializing; Tours; Welcome; Working harder

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Conduct of life.; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; College environment; College integration; College student orientation.; College students, Black; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College teachers.; Discrimination in higher education; Educators; Greek letter societies.; Lexington (Ky.)--Race relations.; Minorities in higher education; Race discrimination.; Racism--Kentucky--Lexington; Student housing; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky

GPS: University of Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.033333, -84.5
00:34:23 - University of Kentucky athletics

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Partial Transcript: What kind of activities did you participate in on campus outside of classroom?

Segment Synopsis: Peeples talks about attending athletic events at UK, and talks about the racist attitudes of other fans. He talks about Greg Page, one of the first two African American football players at UK, who was killed in an accident during practice. He talks about the reactions of students and university administration to his death. He talks about his mentor at UK, and talks more about being prepared for the challenge of attending UK.

Keywords: Adolph Rupp; Athletic events; Basketball games; Black Student Union (BSU)Support system; Black athletes; Challenges; Council of Special Education; Death; Dr. Al Levy; Exposure; Extracurricular activities; Fans; Greg Page; Insults; Mentors; Nat Northington; Parents; Preparation; Professors; Racial slurs; Reactions; Rumors; Self-segregation; Student Center; Worst moments

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; African Americans--Social life and customs.; College athletes; College environment; College football players; College sports.; College students, Black; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College teachers.; Discrimination in higher education; Educators; Lexington (Ky.)--Race relations.; Minorities in higher education; Race discrimination.; Racism--Kentucky--Lexington; Universities and colleges--Faculty.

GPS: University of Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.033333, -84.5
00:43:37 - Changing the University of Kentucky's reputation

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Partial Transcript: Do you feel like you received a quality education at the University of Kentucky?

Segment Synopsis: Peeples says he still thinks of racism when he thinks about UK, and talks about how he sees the university make progress but then regress again. He talks about how the university could change its negative reputation. He talks about his life since graduation. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: African American professors; Attitudes; Changes; Children; Community support; Dean John Harris; Family; Future; Grandchildren; Lee Todd; Lexington Urban League; Married; Progress; Quality of education; Reactions; Recommendations; Reputations; Subtle racism; Teaching; Tubby Smith

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; African Americans--Social conditions.; College environment; College integration; College sports--Coaching; College students, Black; College teachers, Black; College teachers--Selection and appointment.; College teachers--Social conditions; Discrimination in higher education; Educators; Lexington (Ky.)--Race relations.; Minorities in higher education; Race discrimination.; Racism--Kentucky--Lexington; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges--Public relations

GPS: University of Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.033333, -84.5