Interview with Carl K. Cheney, February 26, 2021

Project: Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Carl Cheney served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone from 1965-67. He discusses studying African history in college, and teaching West African History at Kenema Government Secondary School. He describes challenges he faced, including a lack of textbooks, and students used to rote learning. He describes his successes, including his students doing well in O-level exams, and writing student texts and instructor guides to strengthen history teaching at the school. He talks about working with another PCV to promote improved rice farming methods; his travels in Nigeria; traveling with his father in Sierra Leone; and his exposure to Islam. He provides a vivid picture of life in Kenema, and reflects on not having made closer friendships with Sierra Leoneans due to easier friendships with PCV’s and other expats. He describes his Third Goal activities, including teaching African literature to high school teachers and African American undergraduates, and speaking about Africato community groups.

Interview Accession

2021oh0125_pcrv0130

Interviewee Name

Carl K. Cheney

Interviewer Name

Evelyn Ganzglass

Interview Date

2021-02-26

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Cheney, Carl K. Interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. 26 Feb. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Cheney, C.K. (2021, February 26). Interview by E. Ganzglass. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Cheney, Carl K., interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. February 26, 2021, Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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