Interview with C. L. Timberlake, July 8, 1978

Project: Earle C. Clements Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

C. L. Timberlake recalls first meeting Clements in 1932 and the early years of their relationship, giving an account of Clements' time as a football coach. He describes his involvement with every campaign Clements ran: 1945 Congressional race; 1947 gubernatorial campaign; 1950 campaign for U.S. Congress; and his 1956 campaign for re-election. Timberlake discusses the 1955 Kentucky gubernatorial primary between Bert Combs and Happy Chandler, and then reflects on Clements' failed 1956 re-election campaign, and the weight of the African American vote in that election. He discusses the state of segregation in Kentucky during Clements' gubernatorial administration, saying he "threw all his weight behind integration," and explaining the legislation efforts surrounding the issue. Timberlake answers a succession of questions about the state of Black colleges in Kentucky under Clements as governor, also addressing Clements' relationship with Rufus Atwood, and leadership in the African American community at that time. He discusses Clements hiring the first African Americans to government positions in the state.

Interview Accession

1978oh089_clem037

Interviewee Name

C. L. Timberlake

Interviewer Name

Thomas Syvertsen

Carol Syvertsen

Interview Date

1978-07-08

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Timberlake, C. L. Interview by Thomas Syvertsen. 08 Jul. 1978. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Timberlake, C.L. (1978, July 08). Interview by T. Syvertsen. Earle C. Clements Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Timberlake, C. L., interview by Thomas Syvertsen. July 08, 1978, Earle C. Clements Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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