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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)
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with E. V. Dacons, March 4, 1991
Date:1991 Mar. 4

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 (document genres) | Text | Sound
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 | United States, North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro, 36.145965, -81.1606401
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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