Interview with Lyman T. Johnson, December 3, 1984

Project: Kentucky Sports: Interscholastics Athletics Oral History Project

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Lyman T. Johnson talks about becoming the athletic director at Central High School in Louisville, Kentucky. Johnson talks about how Berea College was an integrated school until 1904 when the Day Law was put into effect, making it illegal for white and black students to attend the same schools. He talks about the Plessy v. Ferguson case which said that segregated facilities must be equal in quality, and discusses why the facilities were never actually equal. Johnson talks about how Central High School was forced to play teams from Alabama, Tennessee, Missouri, and Illinois because there were no other black teams in Kentucky that played at their level and they were not allowed to play white teams because of the Day Law. He talks about the difficulty of funding athletics teams prior to desegregation. He talks about the black coaches' salaries compared to white coaches.
Johnson talks about how in 1949, Central High School played the first integrated football game in Louisville, Kentucky against Saint Xavier High School. Johnson talks about how after integration the white schools began to aggressively recruit the best black athletes by disparaging the black schools. Johnson discusses his views on high school sports for girls. He talks about the future of high school sports and the positive influence of athletics on students' lives.

Interview Accession

1984oh156_ks053

Interviewee Name

Lyman T. Johnson

Interviewer Name

Herbert Lewis, Jr.

Interview Date

1984-12-03

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Johnson, Lyman T. Interview by Herbert Lewis, Jr.. 03 Dec. 1984. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Johnson, L.T. (1984, December 03). Interview by H. L. Jr.. Kentucky Sports: Interscholastics Athletics Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Johnson, Lyman T., interview by Herbert Lewis, Jr.. December 03, 1984, Kentucky Sports: Interscholastics Athletics Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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