Dr. George Garrison
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This interview was conducted by Dr. George Garrison with James Barnes for Dr. Garrison’s project on the History of 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. Mr. Barnes was born in Great Falls, SC, but moved to Rock Hill when he was five years old. He attended Emmett Scott from the age of six until the fifth grade when his family moved to York, SC. The family returned to Rock Hill a few years later and Mr. Barnes attended Emmett Scott from the 9th grade until he graduated. In this interview, he discusses his family history that includes his great grandfather who was a slave and then discusses his experiences and recollections while attending Emmett Scott.
Barnes, James and Emmett Scott High School, "Interview with James Barnes" (2004). Winthrop University Oral History Program. OH 708.