Interview with Charles C. Jones, September 2, 1986

Project: Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project

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Raised on a farm in Madison County, Kentucky, Mrs. Jones taught school for 35 years before her retirement. She describes her family history and descent from former slaves, her parents' education, and reminisces about her grandmother. She recalls the gender roles of her childhood, social activities during the Depression era, "basket meetings" at the local church, and family farm activities such as raising livestock and produce, food preparation, and chores. She discusses the segregation in Richmond with the railroad tracks as the dividing line, and the implementation of the Day Law.

The African American community is examined in depth as Mrs. Jones looks at the importance of education, the evidence of class distinctions among African Americans, community interaction, and the presence of African American businessmen and professionals in Richmond. Mr. J.W. Cobb and the African American newspaper, the role of the minister and church within the community, and deficiencies of the present African American churches are also studied. Mrs. Jones discusses the effect of President Ronald Reagan's administration upon the African American community nationwide, the socio-economic changes in the Arlington neighborhood, segregation in the area department stores, her role in the civil rights movement, the reaction of the white community to Dr. Martin Luther King's death, and the integration experiences at the University of Kentucky.

Interview Accession

1986oh236_kh364

Interviewee Name

Charles C. Jones

Interviewer Name

Emily Parker

Interview Date

1986-09-02

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Jones, Charles C. Interview by Emily Parker. 02 Sep. 1986. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Jones, C.C. (1986, September 02). Interview by E. Parker. Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Jones, Charles C., interview by Emily Parker. September 02, 1986, Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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