Interview with Wade Hampton Witherspoon


Joyce Mickens



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This interview was conducted with Mr. Wade Hampton Witherspoon (1908-1996) and his wife Emma K. (possibly Kershaw) Witherspoon (1915-1995). The first half of the interview is with Emma Witherspoon and she discusses her family and childhood growing up in South Carolina. She discusses her education and attending college and then her teaching career, as well as her experiences living in South Carolina. The second part of the recording beginning at the 1:02:32 mark consists of the interview with Mr. W. H. Witherspoon. Mr. Witherspoon graduated from the Colored Normal Industrial Agricultural and Mechanical College of South Carolina (now South Carolina State University) in 1930. He is a Rock Hill native attending Emmett Scott when it opened and later became principal on Emmett Scott High School from 1959-1967. In the interview Mr. Witherspoon discusses Rock Hill history, his childhood, his family, and his education. A large portion of his interview includes his discussion on the education of African Americans in South Carolina with a focus on secondary education. He touches on the Civil Rights movement in Rock Hill, SC towards the end of the interview.

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OH 134


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Oral History


Education in Rock Hill

Interview with Wade Hampton Witherspoon

LC Subject Headings

African American educators -- South Carolina -- Rock Hill, African Americans -- Education -- South Carolina -- Rock Hill, Segregation in education -- South Carolina -- Rock Hill -- History -- 20th century, Education -- South Carolina -- Rock Hill -- History -- 20th century, Rock Hill (S.C.) -- History -- 20th century