Interview with Carl Russell Long - OH 697


George Garrison



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This interview is by Dr. George Garrison with Carl Long for his Emmett Scott High School project. Emmett Scott was the segregated high school for African Americans in the Rock Hill South Carolina School District. It was named for Emmett Scott, a former aid to Brooker T. Washington and President Woodrow Wilson. The school was opened in 1920 and closed in 1970 with the integration of the school district. Carl Long is a Rock Hill native and Emmett Scott alumnus that grew up in the Boyd Hill area. Mr. Long went on to play professional baseball in the Negro Leagues during the 1950s. He played alongside such legends as Willie Mays, Satchel Paige, Charlie Pride, Hank Aaron, and Buck O’Neal. After baseball Mr. Long became the first black Deputy Sheriff in Lenoir County, North Carolina and the first detective for the City of Kinston. He also was the first black Trailways bus driver in eastern North Carolina. In his interview Mr. Long discusses his baseball career and experiences at length. He also details his experiences growing up in Rock Hill and attending Emmett Scott. Dr. Garrison also interviews Clayton Strong, Sam Allen, Leroy Miller, and Edith Major while at an event hosted by Carl Long. Mr. Allen and Mr. Miller are also former Negro League Baseball players and discuss their career and experiences as part of that league. Mr. Strong and Ms. Major are part of an organization that is trying to bring a Negro League Museum to Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Strong also was a bat boy for the Birmingham Black Barons, the team for which Carl Long, Sam Allen and Leroy Miller played.

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Interview with Carl Russell Long - OH 697