McKinley High School Oral History Project

Size: 210 interviews on 228 recordings


Time period covered: 1920s - 2000s


Dates of interviews: 1995-1998, 2002, 2005, 2006


Principal interviewers: Beau Bogart, Nedra Carter, Khary Carrell, Michael Goods, Shawnte Green, Helen Haw, Melvin Heard, Rudolph Henry, Benny Hester, Shawnda Hollins, Paula Jacobi, Shanta Jenkins, Rahshada Jenkins, Veonetta Jewell, Roderick Jones, Chastity Lovely, Heidi McGee, Toni Morrison, Carmen Posey, Tayari Kwa Salaam, Lavada Taylor, Rose Thompson, Katina Welsh


Finding Aids: Abstracts, indexes


Audio Availability: MP3


Processing Status: 33% of interviews are cataloged (70 of 210)


Access Restrictions: See individual abstracts


Description: McKinley High School students, with the assistance of faculty and students from LSU’s College of Education, conducted interviews focusing on the African American experience in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In1995, students began interviewing community members on the history of McKinley High School, established in 1926 as the first high school for African American students in Baton Rouge. The interviews continued in subsequent years, focusing on African American businesses during the period of segregation, the history and role of African American churches, the Baton Rouge Bus Boycott, and African American social organizations.

Interview Abstracts


History of Mckinley High School


Interviewee Surname A-B


Donnie Ray Albert


Avis Baker-White


Ivy and Leonard Beauregard


Betty Bajoie Bickham


Rita Blacher


Charles Brent


Geraldine Brown


Leonard A. Brown


Roosevelt Brown


Edmae Butler


Adolph J. Byrd


Interviewee Surname C-J


John B. Cade, Jr.


Isiah Carey


Frankie B. Chrisentery


Joseph A. Delpit


Carl T. Ford


John Michael Guidry


Donald Lee Harris


Eula Mae Hatter


Louise Payne Haynes


Isabel Morgan Herson


Henry H. Hollins, Sr.


Shawnda Hollins


Harold A. Jefferson


Theodore J. Jemison


Clarence Jones


Lisa Richard Jones


Virtel T. Jones


Interviewee Surname K-Z


Catherine Carter Kraft and Maude Ann Kraft Miller


Eva Legard


Josie K. Leonard


McKinley Alumni Association


George E. Mencer


Bessie Davis Moton


Sadie Moton


Daryl Blacher Murray


Christopher Packwood


Elouise Bethly Paulfrey


Nathaniel Perry


Freddie Pitcher


Edward Pratt


Patricia Ann Monget Richard


Simon Lawrence Richard


Charles T. Smith


Freddie Smith, Jr.


Isadore Tansil


Charles Vincent


Janie Wiggins Wheelock


Dorothy Williams


J. B. Williams


African American Businesses


Interviewee Surname A-I


Dyon Brown


Dyon Brown, James Washington, Eddie Johnson, Jr.


Estelle Elayne Butler Bryant and Hedi Butler


Robert Gordon Buffington


Herman Cooper


Joseph A. Delpit


Albert Domino


Barbara Laconta Earthly


Peggy Goods


Donald Lee Harris


Frederrick Hatter


Ronald L. Hatter


Alton E. Ingram


Interviewee Surname J-Z


Theodore J. Jemison


Mary L. Johnson


Mandy L. Jones


Lionel Lee, Sr.


Eva Legard


Fred C. Matthews, Jr.


Melvin Sambo, Sr.


Mabel C. Scott


Charles T. Smith


Isiah Smith


Isadore E. Tansil, Sr.


James Washington


Earl Wheeler, Sr.


African American Churches


Interviewee Surname A-F


Marcus Babaoye


Estelle Beachaump


Frank Bowers


Don Bradford


Bridgett D. Jackson Brister


Carolyn Brown


Virginia Butler


Betty Camble and Leslie Coates


Earline Cary-Williams


Quention Thomas "Q.T." Ellis


Almenia Freeman


Hazel J.P. Freeman (by Rose Joubert-Thompson)


Hazel J.P. Freeman (by Helen Haw)


Interviewee Surname G-J


John Ralph Gray, Jr.


Nathaniel Harrison, Jr.


Eula Mae Hatter


Louise Payne Haynes


Mary Alice Heard


Annie Mae Holmes


Shanta Jenkins


Betty L. Johnson


Eddie Johnson, Jr.


Beatrice Jones


Jennifer Jones


Sarah Jones


Interviewee Surname K-R


Annie Kimble


Lionel Lee, Sr.


Fred C. Matthews, Jr. and Melvin Sambo


Beryl McGhee


Jasmine McKnight


Eugene Miller


Sadie Keel


Claryce Jordan Minor


Mary Whitley Moss


Franklin Nwagbara


Betty Parker


Brenda and Isaac Patterson, Jr.


Huel D. Perkins


Leo Perkins


Julia B. Purnell


Boyd Remo


Interviewee Surname S-Z


Michael Kwa Saah-Buckman


Melba Stewart Simmons


Charles T. Smith


Chiquatia Smith


Eula Vercher Smith


Donald R. Sterling


Ida Mae Whiten


Almenia Williams


Roger C. Williams


Rosella Williams


Willie Mae Williams


The Baton Rouge Bus Boycott


Interviewee Surname A-F


Dupuy Henry Anderson (by Dawn Wallace)


Dupuy Henry Anderson (by Courtney Zachary)


James Batiste, Sr.


Cornelius Betz, Jr.


Reginald R. Brown, Sr.


V. Jean Butler


Joseph A. Delpit


Joanna F. Dillon


George Washington Eames


Geraldine Freeman Ellis


Almenia Freeman


Interviewee Surname G-L


Mary Mason Gordon


Freddie Greene


Tony Joseph Hall


Eula Mae Hatter


Isabel M. Herson


Louis and Carolyn James


Theodore J. Jemison


Eddie Johnson


Johnnie A. Jones, Sr.


Chester Laborde


Lionel Lee Sr.


Eva Legard


Interviewee Surname M-Z


Fred C.Matthews, Jr.


Mary Edith Moody (by Catherine Martin)


Mary Edith Moody (by Amy Horn)


Albert C. Odell


Nina Nichols Pugh


Willis V. Reed, Sr. (by Emily Smith)


Willis V. Reed, Sr. (by Rashada Jenkins)


Patricia A. Robinson


Willie Spooner, Jr.


Isadore E. Tansil, Sr.


John H. Thomas III


Horatio Thompson


Social Organizations


Interviewee Surname A-C


Inez Smith Anderson


Patricia E. Baranco


Emerson Bell


Josephine C. Bonfanti


LaVada Taylor Brandon


Armond D. Brown


Reginald R. Brown


Wilbert Brown, Johnny Brown, Debra George


Lorri Burgess


Edmae LaMotte Delpit Butler


Barbara West Carpenter


Inez W. Chrisentery


Interviewee Surname D-L


Keith Douglas


Cleo Fields


Nona Mae Dumouil Gray


Louise Payne Haynes


Randell Henry


Olivia C. Huey


Joseph A. Hutchinson


Charles A. Jones, Sr.


Dorothy Mae Walter Jones


Harriett M. Jones


Johnnie A. Jones, Sr. (by Beth Smith)


Johnnie A. Jones, Sr. (by Nicholas Ng-a-Fook)


Earl Dean Joseph


Interviewee Surname M-S


Interviewee Surname T-Z


Isadore E. Tansil, Sr.


Wilhelmenia Thompson


Ronald Trahan


J.W. Vaughn


Charles Vincent


Anna Williams


Kathlen (Kathy) Cascio Wink


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