Oral history interview with Walter Durham, January 19 and 26, 2001

Oral history interview with Walter Durham, January 19 and 26, 2001

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Creator:Durham, Walter, 1948?-
Creator:Gilgor, Bob
Title:Oral history interview with Walter Durham, January 19 and 26, 2001
Date:2001 Jan. 19-2001 Jan. 26
Description:

Walter Durham, an African American community member of Orange County, North Carolina, recalls his experiences growing up in Carrboro and Chapel Hill. Born in the late 1940s into a land-owning family, Durham attended all-black schools in Carrboro until 1966, when the African American high school, Lincoln, merged with the newly integrated Chapel Hill High School. For Durham, school integration was largely a negative experience. He fondly recalls Lincoln High School as an extremely well-ordered and disciplined school with strong ties to the community and pride in students' accomplishments, particularly in football. According to Durham, black students' traditions were lost when the Chapel Hill schools integrated. This, along with tensions between white and black students, led Durham to participate in the 1968 "riot" at Chapel Hill High School.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories
Subjects:Durham, Walter, 1948?- | Chapel Hill (N.C.)--Race relations | School integration--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | African Americans--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | Lincoln High School (Chapel Hill, N.C.) | African Americans--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | African Americans--North Carolina--Chapel Hill--Attitudes | African Americans--North Carolina--Chapel Hill--Social life and customs--20th century | African American students--Education (Secondary)--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | Segregation in education--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | Civil rights demonstrations--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | Chapel Hill High School (Chapel Hill, N.C.) | Chapel Hill (N.C.) | Orange County (N.C.)
Collection:
Institution:Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Contributors:Southern Oral History Program | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project) | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library | Oral histories of the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project))
Online Publisher:[Chapel Hill, N.C.] : University Library, UNC-Chapel Hill. | 2006
Original Material:

Title from menu page (viewed on December 20, 2007).

Interview participants: Walter Durham, interviewee; Bob Gilgor, interviewer.

Duration: 02:11:25.

This electronic edition is part of the UNC-CH digital library, Documenting the American South. It is a part of the collection Oral histories of the American South.

Text encoded by Mike Millner. Sound recordings digitized by Aaron Smithers.

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Forms part of Oral histories of the American South collection.

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