Interview with Mary A. Adams, June 29, 2006

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

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Mary Ann Adams attended the University of Kentucky for graduate school beginning in 1949 after earning her bachelor's degree from Kentucky State University. In this interview she discusses her family background, and her childhood in Fayette County, Kentucky. She talks about her early education in segregated schools in Lexington, and talks about her experiences as a student at Kentucky State. She discusses her decision to attend UK despite its negative reputation within the Black community. She talks about her experiences with segregation and discrimination at UK, including being the only African American student in most of her classes, being ignored by most students and faculty, and being forced to sit apart from white students in the classroom due to the Day Law. She talks about her teaching career in both Cynthiana and Lexington after her graduation from UK. She talks about working in both segregated and integrated schools.

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2006oh096_af722

Interviewee Name

Mary A. Adams

Interviewer Name

Erica N. Johnson

Interview Date

2006-06-29

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Adams, Mary A. Interview by Erica N. Johnson. 29 Jun. 2006. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Adams, M.A. (2006, June 29). Interview by E. N. Johnson. University of Kentucky: The African American Experience Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Adams, Mary A., interview by Erica N. Johnson. June 29, 2006, 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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