Interview with John Hervey Wheeler, 1964

Project: Robert Penn Warren Civil Rights Oral History Project

Interview Summary

John Hervey Wheeler (1908-1978) was born in Kittrell, North Carolina. Wheeler started working for the Mechanics and Farmers Bank in Durham, North Carolina in 1929 and became president in 1952. Wheeler practiced in the Circuit Court of Appeals in 1950 and began working within the United States Supreme Court System in 1955. He has been a member and served as director, trustee, and chairman of numerous institutions and organizations such as Morehouse College, the United Negro College Fund, the President's Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity, the NAACP Legal Staff for North Carolina, and the Southern Regional Council. Wheeler describes the development and establishment of African American-owned businesses and institutions. Wheeler discusses the growing respect for African American professionals such as doctors and lawyers, but notes all African Americans face racial discrimination and segregation within the workplace. Wheeler explains what integration in industry means to him, provides his viewpoint on preferential employment, and discusses the idea of having a "right time" for integration.

Interview Accession

2003oh034_rpwcr023

Interviewee Name

John Hervey Wheeler

Interviewer Name

Robert Penn Warren

Interview Date

1964

Interview Partial Date

1964

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Wheeler, John Hervey Interview by Robert Penn Warren. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Wheeler, J.H. (n.d.). Interview by R. P. Warren. Robert Penn Warren Civil Rights Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Wheeler, John Hervey, interview by Robert Penn Warren. (n.d.), Robert Penn Warren Civil Rights Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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