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Oral history interview with Charles M. Jones, July 21, 1990

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Creator:Jones, Charles Miles, 1906-1993
Creator:Egerton, John
Creator:Jones, Dorcas
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Charles M. Jones, July 21, 1990
Date:1990 July 21

Charles Jones led the First Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill during the late 1940s. In this interview, he briefly describes his education and how he entered the ministry. He spends most of the time discussing the controversies that occurred during his tenure at the church. The regional presbytery disapproved of his decision to allow African American Presbyterians to attend the church and to provide shelter to Freedom Riders after they left Durham, North Carolina. Jones also went against church rules by not having his members read the Article of Faith during service. He describes how the presbytery tried to force him to move to another church, pledge support for the Article of Faith, and segregate the church. Some local whites, including students and faculty at the University of North Carolina, supported Jones throughout this process. Nevertheless, he was eventually expelled from the Presbyterian Church for his views on race and faith. The interview closes with his opinions on the inevitable failure of the "separate but equal" doctrine and whether John Egerton, the interviewer, was correct in seeing the period between 1945 and 1950 as a missed opportunity for improvement in race relations.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Graham, Frank Porter, 1886-1972 | Jones, Charles Miles, 1906-1993 | Jones, Dorcas | North Carolina--Politics and government | Chapel Hill (N.C.)--Race relations | Presbyterian Church--North Carolina | Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church (Chapel Hill, N.C.) | Civil rights workers--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | Presbyterians--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | Race relations--Religious aspects--Christianity | Civil rights movements--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | Racism--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | United States, North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 35.9132, -79.055845 | United States, North Carolina, Orange County, 36.0613199, -79.1205595
Collection:Oral Histories of the American South: The Civil Rights Movement
Institution:Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Contributors:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project)
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