Interview with Helen H. Holley, March 18, 1994

Project: Appalachia: Women Of Coal Oral History Project

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Holley relates her early education experience in a one-room schoolhouse in Boone, North Carolina before moving to Columbus, Ohio. She moved to Gary, West Virginia and attended a school that focused on the fine arts. After high school, Holley went to Bennett College for Women, where she met Dr. Bethune and Benjamin May. She married her high school boyfriend J. Harold Holley, who was a graduate of the Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Sciences in Tennessee and worked at U.S. Steel. Holley discusses teaching in McDowell County, West Virginia before and during Integration. She describes integration from the time when she went from Welch-Dunbar to Welch High School. In 1978, Holley went to work at Mount View school. A discussion of the resurgence of racism in society follows. Holley is frustrated with racism coming back into society. Mr. Holley worked at the Page Funeral home, and then inherited it upon the death of Mr. and Mrs. Page. Holley's step father was a coal miner.

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2013oh293_app598

Interviewee Name

Helen H. Holley

Interviewer Name

Randall Norris

Interview Date

1994-03-18

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Holley, Helen H. Interview by Randall Norris. 18 Mar. 1994. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Holley, H.H. (1994, March 18). Interview by R. Norris. Appalachia: Women Of Coal Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Holley, Helen H., interview by Randall Norris. March 18, 1994, Appalachia: Women Of Coal Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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