Interview with Frank R. Cannon, Jr., April 7, 1997

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

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Frank Robert Cannon, Jr. was born in Lexington, Kentucky February 10, 1937. He was one of the first African American students to attend the University of Kentucky. He discusses his parents and their occupations, as well as his siblings. Cannon also talks about living in Nicholasville until he went into the army in 1960, and when he retired in 1980 he came back to live there. He describes the racial climate in Lexington and states that even though there were segregated facilities, it was not a town of racial tension.

Cannon recounts his high school and grade school days; he was class valedictorian but there were only six or seven in his graduating class. He then elaborates on his transition from high school to the University of Kentucky. He did not think that his high school prepared him for college. He recalls that chemistry and mathematics were especially challenging for him as an electrical engineering major. Cannon discusses his social life at UK and states that he knows his brother and sister had a better social environment at Kentucky State University. Cannon also describes certain professors who graded African American students unfairly. He concludes the interview by talking about his children, all of whom are college graduates.

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2000oh068_af597

Interviewee Name

Frank R. Cannon, Jr.

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Sharon Childs

Interview Date

1997-04-07

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Cannon, Frank R., Jr. Interview by Sharon Childs. 07 Apr. 1997. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Cannon, F.R., Jr. (1997, April 07). Interview by S. Childs. University of Kentucky: The African American Experience Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Cannon, Frank R., Jr., interview by Sharon Childs. April 07, 1997, 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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