Ruth Cooke Johnson interview (2013-10-04)

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Abstract/Description: In this interview, Ruth Cooke Johnson discusses her youth in Goochland County, Virginia, and her parents' careers as owners of a local nightclub and restaurant, which her family continued to operate until 1988. She also discusses her memories of attending Backbone Elementary School and Central High School, which include descriptions of a typical day at school, the curriculum, the school layout, and recreational activities that were available to students. Ruth Cooke also talks about her family's involvement in the NAACP and community activism efforts at the time, highlighting her father's earlier role in the establishment of a bus program for local African American students and her daughter’s experiences attending newly-integrated schools.
Subject(s): City/State: Goochland County (Va.)
Time Period: Twentieth century
Goochland County (Va.) -- Race relations
African American schools -- Virginia -- Goochland County
African American neighborhoods -- Virginia -- Goochland County
School integration -- Virginia --Goochland County
Community activists -- Virginia -- Goochland
African Americans -- Education -- Virginia -- Goochland County
African American schools -- Curricula -- Virginia -- Goochland County
Julius Rosenwald Fund -- Buildings; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Johnson, Ruth Cooke -- Interviews
Johnson, Ruth Cooke -- Childhood and youth -- Anecdotes