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OH251 Lucille Gray Oral History

Lucille Gray Oral History

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

Series Number: OH251

Interviewee: Gray, Lucille A.

Interviewer: Ross, Steve

Date interviewed: October 17, 1995

Processed by: O'Daniel, Hannah

Date processed: February 27, 2014

Description: 1 sound disc (23 minutes)

Abstract: Lucille Gray describes Kane School, the African American elementary school in Clinton, Kentucky, during the late 1950s and early 1960s. She names the teachers at the school and which grades they taught. She mentions how the students from her neighborhood rode a bus to school. She describes the physical conditions and setup of the school, such as the building having separate rooms for each grade and stoves in each room for heat. She talks about recess and playing basketball, baseball, tag, and other games. Before there was a cafeteria, the children brought food from home and ate lunch in the classroom. She remembers the addition of the cafeteria and liking the food and lists off some of the food prepared for them in the cafeteria. She mentions Principal Cole serving as the enforcer of discipline and the use of corporal punishment. After attending Kane School, she discusses being bused to Hickman, Kentucky to attend River View High School.

Biographical / Historical note: Lucille A. Gray was born in Clinton, Kentucky in 1948. She attended first through eighth grade at Kane School in Clinton, Kentucky until 1964. She attended Riverview High School in Hickman, Kentucky.

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Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Gray, Lucille A., 1948-

Clinton (Ky.) – History.

Education – Kentucky -- Hickman County – History.

African Americans – Education – Kentucky.

Segregation in education – Kentucky.

Kentucky – Race relations.

Kane Elementary School (Clinton,Ky.)

Riverview High School (Hickman, Ky.)