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OH240 Christine Cole Oral History

Christine Cole Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project – Schools and Education

Series Number: OH240

Interviewee: Cole, Christine

Interviewer: Ross, Steve

Date interviewed: October 10, 1995

Processed by: O’Daniel, Hannah

Date processed: January 31, 2014

Description: 1 sound disc (43 minutes)

Abstract: Christine Cole provides insight on how the threat of integration led to improvements in the African American public schools in Hickman County, Kentucky as the school system attempted to prove the equitably treatment of both African American and white students. She describes the daily routine of students and teachers at the Kane Elementary School in Clinton, Kentucky and the physical conditions of the school building. She discloses her various salaries over the course of her career as an elementary school teacher. She also mentions genealogical information.

Biographical / Historical note: Christine Cole was an African American elementary school teacher from Clinton, Kentucky. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Paducah, Kentucky in 1932. After graduation, she taught briefly in a one-room schoolhouse at Spring Hill, Hickman County, Kentucky before she attended West Kentucky Industrial College in Paducah. She taught third, fourth, and fifth grade at Kane Elementary in Clinton until 1966, with intermittent episodes of teaching in Kibble and Oakton, Kentucky prior to her retirement in 1966. In 1954, she graduated from Kentucky State University with a degree in education.

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Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Cole, Christine, 1910-2004

Clinton (Ky.) – History.

Education – Kentucky -- Hickman County – History.

African Americans – Education – Kentucky.

Segregation in education – Kentucky.

Kentucky – Race relations.

Kane Elementary School (Clinton,Ky.)