Interview with Carl W. Watson, March 8, 2019

Project: University of Kentucky: The African American Experience Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Dr. Carl Watson was the first African American admitted to the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He completed his residency and graduated in 1964. He went on to have an obstetrics and gynecology practice in California.

Carl W. Watson reflects on his life as an African American in Kentucky, growing up and attending grade school before desegregation, attending an HBCU, and being the only black man in UK's first medical school class. He talks about the racism he experienced and witnessed, particularly at UK and at UK basketball games. He worked as a physician during the Vietnam War. He also raised a family that he was proud of.

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2019oh0109_ukaae0005

Interviewee Name

Carl W. Watson

Interviewer Name

Le Datta Grimes

Interview Date

2019-03-08

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Watson, Carl W. Interview by Le Datta Grimes. 08 Mar. 2019. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Watson, C.W. (2019, March 08). Interview by L. D. Grimes. University of Kentucky: The African American Experience Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Watson, Carl W., interview by Le Datta Grimes. March 08, 2019, University of Kentucky: The African American Experience Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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