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Catalog Number CC2013.29.1
Title Hampton High Schools: Traditions and Trauma, Sharing Personal Stories of Coming of Age in Hampton Schools
Credit line Courtesy of Wythe Holt, Louis Johnson, and Libby Kendrick.
Collection Oral History Collection
Object Type Digital Gift
Date 2013
Narrator's name Wythe Holt, Louis Johnson, and Libby Kendrick
Description/Scope & Content Oral history panel interview with former Hampton high school students Wythe Holt, Louis Johnson, and Libby Kendrick, at Our Story, Our Time Oral History Forum event, March 28, 2013, at Hampton History Museum Great Hall. Narrators describe student life at Hampton High School (Wythe Holt and Libby Kendrick) and Phenix High School (Louis Johnson). Wythe Holt and Libby Kendrick describe new and old Hampton High School buildings and campuses; student clubs and service organizations; athletics; school administration and staff, especially Ed Szetela, Mike Anastasio, Suey Eason, Garland Lively, and William Keith; and popular businesses, beaches, theaters, and other locations for students' socializing outside school. Also discussed were a petition from students to add a Russian language class, hosting of students from Norfolk during Massive Resistance, and interaction between students and Judge Macy Carmel. Louis Johnson describes the relationship between Phenix High School and Hampton Institute, especially benefits and resources; high qualifications of teachers because of professional achievement ceiling and racial discrimination in professional and academic life; "holistic" nature of community and support for education; racial discrimination experienced after winning a local engineering competition; and Hampton School Board's decision to rename Phenix High School as Pembroke High School after integration.
Interviewer Cobb, Mike
Interview date 2013-03-28
Interview place Great Hall, Hampton History Museum
Length of Interview 01:17:28
Extent of Description Master video file (mp4)
Web access video file (mp4)
People Holt, Wythe, Jr.
Kendrick, Libby Porter
Johnson, Louis W., Jr.
Topics Education/Schools
Civil Rights (Segregation/Integration/Jim Crow)
Civic groups/clubs
Hampton High School
Cold War
Place Names District08--Downtown
Structure--Hampton High Sch. (1922-1958; Thorpe JHS)
Structure--Hampton High Sch. (1958)
Site--Darling Stadium (Hampton High School Athletic Field)
Structure--Phenix High School (Pembroke High School)
Site--Hampton University
Structure--Phenix School
Notes Oral history interviews are the personal memories and reflections of the narrator, and the Hampton History Museum cannot guarantee the accuracy of an interview's content. The views and opinions expressed by the narrator are not necessarily those of the Hampton History Museum or City of Hampton.

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