Interview with Lyman T. Johnson, January 5, 1995

Project: Kentucky Sports: African American Athletes Oral History Project

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Johnson discusses William Lee Kean, head coach at Central High School in Louisville, Kentucky before his death, and the state championships that he won for the school in football and basketball when segregation was in full swing. He also talks about how Central High School handled the limited amount of black high school teams that would play against them and how they planned an away game with limited funds. Also, Johnson discusses Kean's retirement from Central High School because of severe health concerns that later led to his death, and his predecessors that struggled to live up to his great name. He notes some memorable athletes, coaches, and officials, as well as how integration initiated recruitment that took valuable African American players away from formerly solely African American schools, but how Central High School's superintendent would not allow the coaches there to retaliate by recruiting white players.

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1995oh081_ks232

Interviewee Name

Lyman T. Johnson

Interviewer Name

Maurice A. Clay

George Sauer

Interview Date

1995-01-05

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Johnson, Lyman T. Interview by Maurice A. Clay. 05 Jan. 1995. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Johnson, L.T. (1995, January 05). Interview by M. A. Clay. Kentucky Sports: African American Athletes Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Johnson, Lyman T., interview by Maurice A. Clay. January 05, 1995, Kentucky Sports: African American Athletes Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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