Interview with William Ellison, June 7, 1978

Project: Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

A World War II veteran, William Ellison graduated from Dunbar High School and was drafted by the United States Navy where he served as a steward. The discrimination he faced while in the Armed Forces is discussed, as well as that which he encountered at home in Lexington after the war. Mr. Ellison worked at the Lafayette Hotel, the Campbell House, and the Continental, and he talks about working conditions at all three as well as job opportunities available and discrimination faced by African Americans employed at these businesses. He briefly discusses the 1960s civil right movement.

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1978oh056_kh030

Interviewee Name

William Ellison

Interviewer Name

Edward Owens

Interview Date

1978-06-07

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Ellison, William Interview by Edward Owens. 07 Jun. 1978. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Ellison, W. (1978, June 07). Interview by E. Owens. Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Ellison, William, interview by Edward Owens. June 07, 1978, Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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