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Georgia - Atlanta: Worth Long Interviewee

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Tom Dent interviews Worth Long in Atlanta, Georgia. Long talks about growing up in Durham, North Carolina and the differences between Durham, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem. He discusses the success of African American owned businesses in Durham, and insurance businesses in particular, and describes the Black main street area of town, Federal Street. He talks about the kinds of people who founded the businesses, pointing out that they were primarily those descended from plantation families. Long contrasts the Black universities in North Carolina: North Carolina Central [NCC], North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University [A&T], and Winston-Salem Teachers College. He talks about Dr. Charles Shepard, who founded NCC. White Rock Baptist Church was the major church in Durham, and St. Joseph AME Church was also a major one. They discuss the system which has been historically oppressive to Black people and Long's perception of the system. He discusses school integration and how the actions of White universities impacted the African American community. He recalls visiting Duke's campus for speakers and sporting events, but no seating was available for Black visitors. The theaters and bus system had segregated seating. The Hayti section of town was all Black, with no restrictions.
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1991 02 07
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Southern Journey Oral History Collection

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