Oral history interview with E. V. Dacons, March 4, 1991

Oral history interview with E. V. Dacons, March 4, 1991

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Creator:Dacons, E. V. (Ebson V.)
Creator:Wells, Goldie F. (Goldie Frinks)
Title:Oral history interview with E. V. Dacons, March 4, 1991
Date:1991 Mar. 4
Description:

Ebson V. Dacons discusses his career as a black high school principal in segregated and desegregated public schools. He was the principal of Lincoln Heights High in Wilkes County, North Carolina, from 1964 until 1968. Dacons favorably describes the segregated schools as places of caring and autonomous teachers and administrators, where parents respected school authority. He describes a culture of self-sufficiency and mutual cooperation as a means of remedying inequitable resources. In 1968, the Wilkes County school board decided to reconstitute Lincoln Heights High into an integrated specialized school. Rather than move into a central office position, Dacons assumed a principalship at the new school, the Career Center, in order to remain within the larger black community. Initially, the school had limited gender and racial integration, but Dacons heavily recruited whites and females to the Career Center. Dacons regrets the loss of the power that he enjoyed as principal under the segregated school system and discusses additional differences in the organizational structures of segregated and desegregated schools. The interview ends with his discussion of the importance of mentoring black males.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories
Subjects:Dacons, E. V. (Ebson V.) | African American high school principals--North Carolina | High school principals--North Carolina | African American school principals--North Carolina--Wilkesboro | African American schools--North Carolina--Wilkesboro | High schools--North Carolina--Wilkesboro--Administration | School integration--North Carolina--Wilkesboro | Race relations in school management--North Carolina--Wilkesboro | Wilkesboro (N.C.) | Wilkes County (N.C.) | North Carolina
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. | 2007
Original Material:

Title from menu page (viewed on Nov. 14, 2008).

Interview participants: E.V. Dacons, interviewee; Goldie F. Wells, interviewer.

Duration: 01:32:05.

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.

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