Interview with Grace Potter Carter, August 25, 1986

Project: Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

The wife of Robert William Carter, Grace Potter Carter is the daughter of Current B. "Percy" and Margaret Whiting Potter, and has been an employee of the University of Kentucky for many years. Mr. Potter was a blacksmith and worked with explosives in a rock quarry in Frankfort, and Margaret Potter was employed as a seamstress. Grace Potter Carter began working for the University of Kentucky as a waitress in Boyd Hall during the Depression and earned the position of head cook at Donovan Hall during the Singletary administration.

Mrs. Carter recounts stories of her great grandfather, a former slave, her great grandmother, who was a midwife, and their memories of slavery including the assault of female slaves by the male slave owners. She discusses the educational background of the Potter family, the religious background of the Potters and their involvement in the church, and her own education at Bracktown Elementary, Dunbar and Douglas High Schools. Mrs. Carter recounts the advantages of living in Bracktown over Lexington, the career of her aunt, Dr. Mary Ellen Potter, who practiced medicine in Louisville during the Depression, the changes in education and family values, and the discrimination in Lexington before the advent of the civil rights movement.

Interview Accession

1986oh239_kh366

Interviewee Name

Grace Potter Carter

Interviewer Name

Emily Parker

Interview Date

1986-08-25

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Carter, Grace Potter Interview by Emily Parker. 25 Aug. 1986. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Carter, G.P. (1986, August 25). Interview by E. Parker. Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Carter, Grace Potter, interview by Emily Parker. August 25, 1986, Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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