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Oral History Interview with Stephen Wright, June 29, 2016

Description: Mr. Wright was born in Texas. He went to Texas A & M University where he obtained certification in education. He began his teaching career in Lewisville and became very active in the American Teacher's Federation. He and his family moved to Nacogdoches, where he continued his teaching, union activism, and became politically active. He is currently running for state representative. Mr. Wright spoke in his interview about racial tensions in Nacogdoches, the progress and barriers for union activism in Deep East Texas, and the activism of the Democratic Party in Nacogdoches County.
Date: June 29, 2016
Creator: Howard, Jasmin; May, Meredith & Wright, Stephen
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Margie Chumbley, Anita Farr, Thelma Sexton, and Elizabeth Simpson, June 21, 2016

Description: Ms. Chumbley was born and raised in Nacogdoches. She worked as an elementary school teacher prior to integration and as a substitute while her children were small. She then became a teacher with Head Start. In the group interview, Ms. Chumbley describes her community and both going to and working for the segregated school system, as well as police brutality, African-American businesses, family structures, and the community involvement in raising children. Ms. Farr was born and raised in Nacogdoches. She went to Stephen F. Austin State University shortly after integration and became a nurse working for Lufkin State School and, later, worked as a nurse for Nacogdoches school district. In the group interview, she described life in segregated Nacogdoches, police brutality, African-American businesses, discrimination in her working career, protests and marches in Nacogdoches, and local politics. Ms. Sexton was born and raised in Nacogdoches. She attended EJ Campbell school prior to integration and Stephen F. Austin State University shortly after it integrated. She then worked for Lufkin State School until her retirement. In the group interview interview, she described her neighborhood, segregation in Nacogdoches, police brutality, protests and marches for equality, and the African-American community and businesses. Ms. Simpson was born and raised in Nacogdoches, Texas. She went to EJ Campbell School in Nacogdoches prior to integration. She then obtained business training in Houston and returned to Nacogdoches. In the group interview she participated in, she described the community she grew up in, her experiences at EJ Campbell, the thriving African American business community, and the relationship between the African American community and local law enforcement
Date: July 29, 2016
Creator: Chumbley, Margie; Farr, Anita; Sexton, Thelma; Simpson, Elizabeth & May, Meredith
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Brad Pollard, Brad Pierce, David McClain, and Tom Etoile, June 29, 2016

Description: Mr. Pollard was born and raised in Central Heights, Texas. A relatively young man, he had an easy transition coming out as a gay man. In his parts of the interview, he describes the, discrimination he heard about, what made his time easier in comparison to others, and the changes he has witnessed in the area. Mr. Pierce was born and raised in Wells, Texas. He came out to his family when he was sixteen in the 1980s. He then began a career as a hairdresser in Tyler prior to moving to Alabama and then back to the Nacogdoches area. Mr. Pierce, while he did not experience overt discrimination himself, described the treatment of people he knew in the area. Mr. McClain was raised in Houston, Texas. He served in the military prior to moving to be near family in Nacogdoches in the 1960s, where he worked at a radio station. Mr. McClain, a white, straight man, described his experiences witnessing racism and discrimination against gay men.
Date: June 29, 2016
Creator: Howard, Jasmin; May, Meredith; Pollard, Brad; Pierce, David & McClain, Tom
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

[News Script: Commish]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, relating a news story.
Date: September 29, 1969, 10:00 p.m.
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections