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Oral history interview with Leroy Campbell, January 4, 1991

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Creator:Campbell, Leroy
Creator:Wells, Goldie F. (Goldie Frinks)
Title:Oral history interview with Leroy Campbell, January 4, 1991
Date:1991 Jan. 4
Description:

After traveling the world, Leroy Campbell entered the education field motivated to share his experiences. He became a high school principal at the all-black Unity School in Iredell County, North Carolina, in the mid-1960s. In this interview, he responds to the interviewers' checklist of questions and offers his thoughts on the effects of desegregation on Iredell schools. Understaffed and underfunded, Campbell found support in a cohesive black community and a relationship with a county official who provided him with new school buses to drive the convoluted routes necessary to maintain segregation. The core of this interview may be Campbell's description of the black community's anxieties about desegregation, including the fear that the process would splinter the community and affect the quality of education. Their fears were well-founded, and Campbell ends the interview by recalling the closing of Unity School, the dispersal of its students, and his departure from the profession.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories
Subjects:Campbell, Leroy | African American school principals--North Carolina--Iredell County | School principals--North Carolina | African American schools--North Carolina--Iredell County | High schools--North Carolina--Iredell County--Administration | African Americans--Education (Secondary)--North Carolina--Iredell County | Race relations in school management--North Carolina--Iredell County | United States, North Carolina, Iredell County, Statesville, 35.7826363, -80.8872959 | United States, North Carolina, Iredell County
Collection:Oral Histories of the American South: The Civil Rights Movement
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))
Original Material:

Title from menu page (viewed on Dec. 2, 2008).

Interview participants: Leroy Campbell, interviewee; Goldie F. Wells, interviewer.

Duration: 01:10:40.

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

Text encoded by Jennifer Joyner. Sound recordings digitized by Aaron Smithers.

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Forms part of Oral histories of the American South collection.

Persistent Link to Item:http://docsouth.unc.edu/sohp/M-0007/menu.html