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Portia Harden Potts interview

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Creator:Potts, Portia Harden
Creator:Merritt, Carole
Title:Portia Harden Potts interview
Date:2006 May 3

In this interview, Portia Harden Potts describes how she became involved in school desegregation in Atlanta, Georgia. Potts discusses her experiences as one of the first African American students in Atlanta, Georgia, to integrate the public school system. She describes the first day being escorted to school by a school detective and her treatment by the school administration and student body. She also conveys her opinions on the current situation of segregation in Atlanta.

Portia Harden Potts was born in Atlanta, Georgia at Grady Memorial Hospital. Her mother and father were born in Atlanta; her grandfather was a barber at Herndon Barber Shop and her grandmother worked as a waitress in the Magnolia Room at Rich's Department Store in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. She began high school at Turner High School and then transferred to Bass High School during the integration of the school system. She graduated from Spelman College with a degree in English and Secondary Education.

Local identification number: VIS 180.023.001

Subjects:Potts, Portia Harden | African Americans--History | Civil Rights | Racism | Education | Education--Georgia--Atlanta | Race discrimination | Race relations | Race relations--Georgia--Atlanta | African Americans | Politics & government--Georgia--Atlanta | Rich's (Retail store) | Magnolia Room (Atlanta, Ga.) | Herndon Barber Shop | Atlanta University Center (Ga.) | United States, Georgia, Atlanta Metropolitan Area, 33.799388, -84.392574 | United States, Georgia, Atlanta, Adamsville, 33.760899, -84.503866
Collection:Voices Across The Color Line Oral History Collection, 2005-2006
Institution:Atlanta History Center
Contributors:Atlanta History Center
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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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