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Ruth Cooke Johnson interview (2013-10-04)

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Creator:Johnson, Ruth Cooke (interviewee)
Creator:Miller, Alyce P. (interviewer)
Creator:Daugherity, Brian J., 1972- (interviewer)
Creator:Silvent, Christopher (contributor)
Creator:James Branch Cabell Library, Special Collections and Archives (contributor)
Title:Ruth Cooke Johnson interview (2013-10-04)
Date:2013 Oct. 4

In this interview, Ruth Cooke Johnson discusses her youth in Goochland County, Virginia, and her parents' careers as owners of a local nightclub and restaurant, which her family continued to operate until 1988. She also discusses her memories of attending Backbone Elementary School and Central High School, which include descriptions of a typical day at school, the curriculum, the school layout, and recreational activities that were available to students. Ruth Cooke also talks about her family's involvement in the NAACP and community activism efforts at the time, highlighting her father's earlier role in the establishment of a bus program for local African American students and her daughter’s experiences attending newly-integrated schools.

An interview conducted as part of the Goochland County Rosenwald Schools Oral History Project, 2013-2015, documenting education in Goochland County, Virginia, particularly the impact of the Rosenwald Schools, and the differences between the education offered to white and black students during the period the Rosenwald Schools operated.

Includes transcription of entire interview in PDF format (29 pages).Call number: LA380.G66

Call number: LA380.G66

Types:interviews | Text | MovingImage
Subjects:Johnson, Ruth Cooke | African American schools -- Virginia -- Goochland County | African American neighborhoods -- Virginia -- Goochland County | School integration -- Virginia --Goochland County | Community activists -- Virginia -- Goochland | African Americans -- Education -- Virginia -- Goochland County | African American schools -- Curricula -- Virginia -- Goochland County | Julius Rosenwald Fund -- Buildings | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People | Johnson, Ruth Cooke -- Interviews | Johnson, Ruth Cooke -- Childhood and youth -- AnecdotesGoochland County (Va.) -- Race relations | United States, Virginia, Goochland County, 37.7204342, -77.8837984
Collection:Goochland County Rosenwald Schools Oral History Project, 2013-2015
Institution:Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries
Contributors:James Branch Cabell Library. Special Collections and Archives
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Goochland County Rosenwald Schools Oral History Project, 2013-2015

Richmond, Va. : VCU Libraries

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Original oral history: Ruth Cooke Johnson interview (2013-10-04), Goochland County Rosenwald Schools Oral History Project, 2013-2015, M 501, Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Persistent Link to Item:https://digital.library.vcu.edu/islandora/object/vcu%3A34044