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Collection Details


Collection Name: Southern Communities: Listening for a Change - Stephens-Lee High School, Ashville, NC
Repository Name: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Wilson Library. Manuscript Collection. Southern Oral History Program [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
Local Identifier: K.16.
URL: http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/htm/04007.html#d0e34202
Description: Interviews by Kelly Navies explore the history of Stephens-Lee High School in Asheville, N.C. Built in 1923, Stephens-Lee was for many decades western North Carolina's only secondary school for African Americans. The school drew students from Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, Yancey, and Transylvania counties, and represented a focal point and a key source of pride for the extended African American community in the state's western region. In 1965, however, the all-white school board closed Stephens-Lee as part of its desegregation plan, and, in 1975, the entire multi-building campus, except for the gymnasium, was bulldozed. Navies interviewed former faculty, administrators, and students of Stephens-Lee to collect memories of the school and to assess the impact of desegregation and the school's closing on the black community in western North Carolina.
Broad Subjects: U.S. Politics; Ethnic groups; Politics; Education
ASP Subjects: African American students; African Americans--Education; African Americans--Segregation; African Americans--Social conditions; Asheville, NC; North Carolina; Oral history; Segregation in education; Southern States; United States
Collection Code: OHC0004635