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Oral history interview with J. W. Mask, February 15, 1991

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Creator:Mask, J. W.
Creator:Wells, Goldie F. (Goldie Frinks)
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with J. W. Mask, February 15, 1991
Date:1991 Feb. 15

J. W. Mask was principal of Monroe Avenue High School before desegregation. In this interview, he answers questions from the interviewer's checklist about the challenges of his position, his management style, and the details of his job. Mask does not talk explicitly about race and education a great deal, but his experiences as an educator in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s were marked by segregation. Among the most difficult challenges he faced was a lack of resources, and he was forced to find ways to fund basic services without help from the county. With help from the PTA and parents, he managed to create a cafeteria in the school's basement, supply the school with books and desks, and form a band and a basketball team. Desegregation brought more resources to the school, but also a new set of challenges, including heightened tensions with a segregationist superintendent. This interview provides a useful look at one black principal's efforts to provide for a school neglected by a racist policy.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Mask, J. W. | African American school principals--North Carolina--Hamlet | School principals--North Carolina | African American schools--North Carolina--Hamlet | High schools--North Carolina--Hamlet--Administration | African Americans--Segregation--North Carolina--Hamlet | United States, North Carolina, Hamlet | United States, North Carolina, Richmond 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:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project)
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