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Billie Gaines interview

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Creator:Gaines, Billie Davis, 1937-
Creator:Merritt, Carole
Title:Billie Gaines interview
Date:2006 Feb. 16

In this interview, Billie Gaines details her childhood and the importance of education in her family. She discusses the issues and failures of the Atlanta Public School System since desegregation and the resegregation in many school districts, due to the expansion of the suburbs and the introduction of different ethnic groups in the Atlanta area. Gaines ends the interview with her assessment of minorities in the museum profession.

Ms. Gaines was born in 1937 at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and spent early childhood in Greenwood,a village for faculty housing at Tuskegee. Her family lived in Savannah before moving to Atlanta, Georgia in 1949. Ms. Gaines attended Booker T. Washington High School and then Vassar College. She earned her PhD in Russian from Bryn Mawr.

Local identification number: VIS 180.012.001

Subjects:Gaines, Billie | Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915 | Carver, George Washington, 1864?-1943 | Collen, Thomas Nelson | African Americans--History | Civil Rights | Racism | Race discrimination | Race relations--Georgia--Atlanta | Education--Georgia--Atlanta | Tuskegee Institute | Talladega College | Atlanta University Center (Ga.) | Booker T. Washington High School (Atlanta, Ga.) | Rich's (Retail store) | Washington Post Company | Vassar College | United States, Georgia, Atlanta Metropolitan Area, 33.799388, -84.392574 | Birmingham (Ala.) | Savannah (Ga.)
Collection:Voices Across The Color Line Oral History Collection, 2005-2006
Institution:Atlanta History Center
Contributors:Atlanta History Center
Original Material:

MSS 990, Voices Across the Color Line oral history transcriptions, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry RD, Atlanta, GA 30305

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