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Oral history interview with Leroy Beavers, August 8, 2002

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Creator:Beavers, Leroy, 1951-
Creator:Taylor, Kieran Walsh
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Leroy Beavers, August 8, 2002
Date:2002 Aug. 8

Leroy Beavers Jr. recalls segregation and integration in Savannah, Georgia. Beavers walks the reader through a history of the city, from its golden years in the 1950s, when African Americans thrived in a self-contained community, to the decay of the 1960s and the damage he sees as having been brought about by integration. Beavers condemns integration, calling it "a genocide of a social life . . . where people had just a pure natural respect for each other." Beavers maintains that the closely-knit black community unraveled because new opportunities tempted African Americans and the spirit of self-reliance faded. A proud community slumped as drugs and crime infested black neighborhoods, and African Americans began to discriminate against one another. This crowd of social pathologies gathers on Martin Luther King Street, a name choice Beavers bitterly condemns. A bristling attack on integration, this interview provides an interesting perspective on the legacy of integration in a southern city.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Beavers, Leroy, 1951- | African American barbers--Georgia--Savannah | African Americans--Segregation--Georgia--Savannah | African Americans--Georgia--Savannah--Social conditions | Savannah (Ga.)--Race relations | United States, Georgia, Chatham County, Savannah, 32.0835407, -81.0998342
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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