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Notes on Interview with Dr. George and Anna Simkins by William H. Chafe

Date: July 19, 1972

Author: William Henry Chafe

Biographical/Historical abstract: William H. Chafe, a scholar in race and gender, has been a member of the history faculty at Duke University since 1971. There, he has also served as Dean of Trinity College and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. Chafe is the author of Civilities and Civil Rights: Greensboro, North Carolina and the Black Struggle for Freedom.

Additional contributor: William Henry Chafe


This is a four-page, typed set of notes by William Chafe on a July 19, 1972, interview with Dr. George and Anna Simkin. Shorthand is used throughout, including "GB" for "Greensboro." Chafe notes that the Simkins discussed their childhoods and education. Anna shared her support of school desegregation, and George recalled protesting the policy of segregation at Gillespie Park Golf Course. They both discussed Greensboro’s failure to comply with Brown v. Board of Education, and Anna talked about forming a committee to aid black families in enrolling their children at all-white schools. They discussed the generational divide in the black community and communication between black and whites in Greensboro. These interview notes form part of Duke history professor William Chafe’s research culminating in his 1980 book Civilities and Civil Rights.


Format of original: Other

Collection: William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection

Repository: Duke University

Item#: 4.23.870

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