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Oral history interview with Sheila Florence, January 20, 2001

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Creator:Florence, Sheila, 1947-
Creator:Gilgor, Bob
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Sheila Florence, January 20, 2001
Date:2001 Jan. 20

Sheila Florence, among the first African Americans to desegregate Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, remembers growing up in the segregated South and working to end desegregation. She recalls the poor conditions at all-black schools in Chapel Hill and the harassment she endured when she entered the formerly all-white Chapel Hill High School. Although she was courageous enough to be a part of the desegregation of a school, she asserts that she was not brave enough to face arrest in protests. She did, however, picket with other civil rights marchers. Researchers interested in the details of life in a low-income African American community after World War II should look to the beginning of this interview for additional information.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Florence, Sheila, 1947- | School integration--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | African Americans--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | Lincoln High School (Chapel Hill, N.C.) | Chapel Hill High School (Chapel Hill, N.C.) | Segregation in education--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | Civil rights demonstrations--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | Chapel Hill (N.C.)--Race relations | African Americans--North Carolina--Chapel Hill--Social life and customs--20th century | African Americans--Segregation--North Carolina--Chapel Hill--20th century | African American students--North Carolina--Chapel Hill--20th century | 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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