Interview with John Will "Scoop" Brown, June 11, 1978

Project: Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

John Will Brown graduated from Dunbar High School in Lexington and from the Bluegrass College of Business. He recalls memories of segregation in the 1940s and 1950s, especially inadequate funding for the parks intended for use by African Americans only. As District Recreational Supervisor, Brown faced discrimination in the performance of his duties, and he discusses the integration of the parks in 1955. He recounts the formation of the first Little League for the Lexington African American community. The conditions faced by the African American business community during the Depression are remembered as is the decline of businesses operated by African Americans. Brown talks about the differences between Lexington and the Deep South regarding the civil rights movement.

Interview Accession

1978oh071_kh037

Interviewee Name

John Will "Scoop" Brown

Interviewer Name

Edward Owens

Interview Date

1978-06-11

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Brown, John Will Interview by Edward Owens. 11 Jun. 1978. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Brown, J.W. (1978, June 11). Interview by E. Owens. Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Brown, John Will, interview by Edward Owens. June 11, 1978, Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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