Dr. George Garrison
This interview was conducted by Dr. George Garrison with David Williamson for his Emmett Scott History Project. David Williamson was a member of the Friendship Nine that participated in nonviolent protests in Rock Hill South Carolina. The Friendship Nine spent 30 days in jail in 1961 after being convicted of trespassing for sitting at an all-white lunch counter at McCrory’s. This sparked the “Jail, No Bail” strategy that developed as a part of the Civil Rights Movement and protests. Mr. Williamson grew up in Rock Hill and attended Emmett Scott High School and Friendship Junior College. Emmett Scott was the segregated high school for African Americans which was named for Emmett Scott a former aide to Booker T. Washington and President Woodrow Wilson. The school was opened in 1920 and closed in 1970 when full integration was implemented in the Rock Hill School district. Mr. Williamson discusses his childhood and growing up in the black community of Rock Hill. He details his education and experiences at Emmett Scott High School as well as the impact that school made on him and the black community in general. Mr. Isaiah Reid is also present in the interview and relates how the school impacted the local community.
Civil Rights Movement
Friendship Nine, Friendship 9, Civil Rights Movement, Emmett Scott High School, Friendship College
Williamson, David Jr.; Emmett Scott High School; Friendship College; Friendship Nine; and Civil Rights, "Interview with David Williamson, Jr. - OH 669" (2012). Winthrop University Oral History Program. OH 669.