Interview with Emily Richardson Ivory


Dr. George Garrison



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This interview was conducted by Dr. George Garrison with Emily Richardson Ivory (d. 2008). Mrs. Ivory was a native of Charlotte, NC and was an elementary school teacher in North and South Carolina and after a move to California, retired in 1991 from the Los Angeles Unified School District with 38 years of service. Mrs. Ivory was a member of numerous civic and social organizations and was the widow of Reverend Cecil Augustus Ivory (1921-1961). Rev. Ivory was the minister at Hermon Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill, SC and “became the core figure of civil rights activities in Rock Hill[1].” In this interview, Rev. Ivory’s widow discusses hers and her husband’s upbringing and their life before arriving in Rock Hill, SC in 1948. She talks about Rev. Ivory’s civil rights activities at length and the movement as whole. They also discuss Emmett Scott High School in Rock Hill, SC. Interviewer, Dr. George Garrison was childhood friends with Cecil A. Ivory, Jr. and both attended Emmett Scott High School. Emmett Scott was the segregated high school for African-Americans, which was named after Emmett Scott, a former aide to Booker T. Washington and President Woodrow Wilson. The school opened in 1920 and closed in 1970 when full integration was implemented in Rock Hill, SC schools.

[1] Lynn Willoughby, The Good Town Does Well: Rock Hill, S.C., 1852-2002. (Orangeburg: Written in Stone, 2002), 211.

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Interview with Emily Richardson Ivory