Interview with Lyman T. Johnson, March 24, 1990

Project: Kentucky Sports: Interscholastics Athletics Oral History Project

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Lyman T. Johnson talks about how, due to integration and Central High School's size, Central had to play teams from outside of the state. He talks about the cost of travel for these out-of-state teams, which the local white teams did not have to pay. He talks about some of the outstanding black coaches he remembers, and what made them great. Johnson describes the Central High School gymnasium when he arrived there in the 1930s. He talks about how they could only hold small crowds, resulting in them never making enough money on admission prices, unlike the white schools. Johnson talks about how after integration occurred, white coaches began recruiting black players. He talks about how recruiting was not allowed by the Board of Education, but only black coaches were punished. He talks about how black athletes were treated by coaches. Johnson talks about Central High School challenging the winners of the state basketball tournament, a white team who had not played against any black schools due to segregation.

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1990oh045_ks116

Interviewee Name

Lyman T. Johnson

Interviewer Name

Maurice A. Clay

Interview Date

1990-03-24

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Johnson, Lyman T. Interview by Maurice A. Clay. 24 Mar. 1990. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Johnson, L.T. (1990, March 24). Interview by M. A. Clay. Kentucky Sports: Interscholastics Athletics Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Johnson, Lyman T., interview by Maurice A. Clay. March 24, 1990, Kentucky Sports: Interscholastics Athletics Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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