Oral History Interviews on Churches in the Civil Rights Movement

Interview with Kaye and Lamont Jones
(2 hours, 19 minutes)
Interview by Dawn Bailey in Lexington, KY at the Jones’s home, November 29, 2010.   Kaye Frances and her husband Reverend LaMont Jones talked about the impact of segregation and racism at the University of Kentucky, the importance of Lexington’s Black churches in the socialization of African American students at UK, the history of Pleasant Green Baptist Church including the role of the church, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and its leaders in the Civil Rights Movement. 

     <em>Please cite as:</em> Jones, Kaye and LaMont. Interview by Dawn Bailey. Digital recording. November 29, 2010. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.”

See also…

Transcript of Interview of Kay and LaMont Jones by Edward Owens on September 24, 1978 (1 hr. 15 mins.); 79OH61 KH126 “Blacks in Lexington” Special Collections, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington, Kentucky.

Interview with Ruth Gaylord
Interview by Cody Taylor.  Mrs. Gaylord describes her growing up in Richmond, Kentucky in a segregated neighborhood before she attended Berea College in the late 1950s.  She met her husband there and they had four children.  She describes her husband’s activities as an activist in the Civil Rights Movement in Lexington. After her husband’s death, she attended the University of Kentucky and graduated with a degree in library science.  While attending graduate school, she became a member of the Historic Pleasant Green Baptist Church where she remains a member today.

(interview not yet converted to .mp3 file by Nunn Center for Oral History)

Interview with Barbara Molloy Harrison
(21 minutes)
Interview by Kyle Trogdon at Barbara Harrison’s home in Lexington, Kentucky, on December 5, 2010.  A Methodist, Barbara Molloy Harrison of Paducah, KY describes her memories of segregation in Kentucky as a White woman; her perspectives on modern relationships between White and Black communities in Kentucky is heavily influenced by her continued references to the Civil War. She attended Western Kentucky University where she met her future husband and then followed him to Indiana where she was employed in the military factories. She returned to postsecondary education to major in home economics at the University of Kentucky. She provides an insightful portrait of White married women’s roles during and after World War II. Please cite as: Harrison, Barbara Molloy. Oral History Interview by Kyle Trogdon. December 5, 2010. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.

Listen also to…

Sam Delaney, Oral History Interview by Pat Esrael for the Lansdowne Neighborhood Association (August 2009)
Delaney (former mechanic, florist and education administrator) used to go to Emmanual Baptist but became a deacon at the majority-White Calvary Baptist Church because his son Poitier was in a school band with kids who went there. “If he can handle it, then we can.” Delaney remembers that his pastor from his family’s home town of Crab Orchard tried to counsel him against going to Calvary Baptist – “he wanted me to go to a Black Church.”

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