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Oral history interview with Walter Durham, January 19 and 26, 2001

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Creator:Durham, Walter, 1948?-
Creator:Gilgor, Bob
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Walter Durham, January 19 and 26, 2001
Date:2001 Jan. 19-2001 Jan. 26

Walter Durham, an African American community member of Orange County, North Carolina, recalls his experiences growing up in Carrboro and Chapel Hill. Born in the late 1940s into a land-owning family, Durham attended all-black schools in Carrboro until 1966, when the African American high school, Lincoln, merged with the newly integrated Chapel Hill High School. For Durham, school integration was largely a negative experience. He fondly recalls Lincoln High School as an extremely well-ordered and disciplined school with strong ties to the community and pride in students' accomplishments, particularly in football. According to Durham, black students' traditions were lost when the Chapel Hill schools integrated. This, along with tensions between white and black students, led Durham to participate in the 1968 "riot" at Chapel Hill High School.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Sound | Text
Subjects:Durham, Walter, 1948?- | Chapel Hill (N.C.)--Race relations | School integration--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | African Americans--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | Lincoln High School (Chapel Hill, N.C.) | African Americans--North Carolina--Chapel Hill--Interviews | African Americans--North Carolina--Chapel Hill--Attitudes | African Americans--North Carolina--Chapel Hill--Social life and customs--20th century | African American students--Education (Secondary)--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | Segregation in education--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | Civil rights demonstrations--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | Chapel Hill High School (Chapel Hill, N.C.) | United States, North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 35.9132, -79.055845 | United States, North Carolina, Orange County, 36.0613199, -79.1205595
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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