Interview with Lyman T. Johnson, March 16, 1978

Project: Blacks in Louisville Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Lyman Johnson speaks about his and others' efforts to desegregate public accommodations in Louisville, including the Brown Theater, which was showing "Porgy and Bess," which had an all-African American cast but would not permit African American customers; the Blue Boar restaurant; and other downtown stores and restaurants. Johnson talks about Louisville politics, including the black community's influence on the election of William O. Cowger as mayor, and how they used this pressure, as well as the new mayor's desire to not be "embarrassed" by further demonstrations, to pass the public accommodation bill for downtown Louisville.

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1978oh026_kh018

Interviewee Name

Lyman T. Johnson

Interviewer Name

George C. Wright

Interview Date

1978-03-16

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Johnson, Lyman T. Interview by George C. Wright. 16 Mar. 1978. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Johnson, L.T. (1978, March 16). Interview by G. C. Wright. Blacks in Louisville Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Johnson, Lyman T., interview by George C. Wright. March 16, 1978, Blacks in Louisville Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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