Interview with Lyman T. Johnson, March 30, 1979

Project: Wade Hall Papers (2009ms131): Interviews with Lyman T. Johnson

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Johnson describes how he financed his study at Virginia Union University by working on campus as a carpenter and a painter. He describes his siblings and their educations and careers. He talks about having to help run the home from a young age, learning to cook and grow crops for food. He discusses class and racial differences in the South in the early 1900s, and discusses the many places he was not allowed to go as an African American. He speaks specifically about racial discrimination in healthcare. He discusses reactions to integration. He discusses the differences between racism in the North and racism in the South. He talks about the connections between racism and capitalism. Johnson talks about being recruited into the Navy to teach illiterate black men to read and write, so they could be sent overseas. He discusses his views on war. He discusses civil disobedience.

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2019oh1550_whlj0007

Interviewee Name

Lyman T. Johnson

Interviewer Name

Wade Hall

Interview Date

1979-03-30

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Johnson, Lyman T. Interview by Wade Hall. 30 Mar. 1979. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Johnson, L.T. (1979, March 30). Interview by W. Hall. Wade Hall Papers (2009ms131): Interviews with Lyman T. Johnson. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Johnson, Lyman T., interview by Wade Hall. March 30, 1979, Wade Hall Papers (2009ms131): Interviews with Lyman T. Johnson, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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