Interview with Harry J. Johnson, June 14, 1978

Project: Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Having lived through the Great Depression, Mr. Johnson recalls this period of time including the price of haircuts and equality
in the soup lines. The effect of World War II on the African American community in Lexington is discussed as well as the lack of violence in the civil rights movement in the city. He reminisces about the annual Black Fair held at the old fairgrounds during the 1920's, the minstrel shows given at the old Opera House and the old Lexington Race Track. Mr. Johnson recalls that discrimination in the court system at the time resulted in the loss of inheritance for African Americans.

Interview Accession

1978oh074_kh040

Interviewee Name

Harry J. Johnson

Interviewer Name

Edward Owens

Interview Date

1978-06-14

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Johnson, Harry J. Interview by Edward Owens. 14 Jun. 1978. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Johnson, H.J. (1978, June 14). Interview by E. Owens. Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Johnson, Harry J., interview by Edward Owens. June 14, 1978, Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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