Interview with Lyman T. Johnson, April 25, 1979

Project: Wade Hall Papers (2009ms131): Interviews with Lyman T. Johnson

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Lyman Johnson discusses being quoted and misquoted in several magazines. He talks about meetings of the Jefferson County Board of Education and maxing out his total per diem amount of $1,000 a year by early September. Johnson describes the black social system in America prior to the 1940s. He discusses why the class system within the black community was less divided. He discusses how black veterans returning from World War II changed the social and class system in the black community. Johnson describes a race riot that occurred in his hometown of Columbia, Tennessee in 1946. He describes the inciting incident, and the violence that occurred in the community between the races, including several murders. Johnson talks about his personal experience with the riot when he went to visit his father. He talks about inheriting property from his father and his uncle in Columbia, Tennessee and discusses the deterioration of buildings and real estate in the town.

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Interviewee Name

Lyman T. Johnson

Interviewer Name

Wade Hall

Interview Date

1979-04-25

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Johnson, Lyman T. Interview by Wade Hall. 25 Apr. 1979. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Johnson, L.T. (1979, April 25). Interview by W. Hall. Wade Hall Papers (2009ms131): Interviews with Lyman T. Johnson. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Johnson, Lyman T., interview by Wade Hall. April 25, 1979, Wade Hall Papers (2009ms131): Interviews with Lyman T. Johnson, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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