Interview with Joanna Offutt Childress, August 25, 1986

Project: Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

The daughter of a Baptist minister, Ms. Childress recalls her grandparents, slaves of the Offutt family in western Kentucky, and other family history. She attended Booker T. Washington Elementary School and graduated from Dunbar High School and Kentucky State University, where she obtained her teaching degree. She recounts events in her career including the integration of the schools, differences in teacher salaries, teacher-student relationships, and the restraints placed upon teachers during the civil rights movement. Ms. Childress examines the effect the Great Depression had upon the African American community, the influence World War Two had on the civil rights movement, and the changes in living conditions for African Americans in Lexington. She explores the changing roles of the church in the African American community over the years and the integration of Pleasant Green Baptist Church. She discusses the reaction of the African American community to racially mixed marriages, the segregation of downtown stores, and the effect of integration upon African American businesses.

Interview Accession

1986oh234_kh362

Interviewee Name

Joanna Offutt Childress

Interviewer Name

Emily Parker

Interview Date

1986-08-25

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Childress, Joanna Offutt Interview by Emily Parker. 25 Aug. 1986. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Childress, J.O. (1986, August 25). Interview by E. Parker. Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Childress, Joanna Offutt, interview by Emily Parker. August 25, 1986, Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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