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Robert Tyrone Patterson

Gender: Male

Ethnicity: African-American

Biographical/Historical note:

Robert Tyrone "Pat" Patterson was born in Laurinburg, North Carolina, around 1941. He attended the Laurinburg Institute, a school for African Americans, and then local public schools. He graduated from high school in 1959 and enrolled at North Carolina A&T State University, where he was friends with the Greensboro Four.

As a student at A&T, Patterson was very active in the civil rights movement, and in 1963, he served as vice chairman of the Greensboro chapter of CORE, the Congress of Racial Equality. Patterson remained very involved in the local activities through his completion of a bachelor’s degree at A&T in 1963.

Following graduation, Patterson married and worked briefly as a taxi driver and fireman. In 1967, he moved to New York for a job with Mobil Oil, but returned to North Carolina six months later to work in Winston-Salem.

Items created by this individual or group:
Item thumbnail image Oral history interview with Pat Patterson by Eugene Pfaff
Date: July 17, 1979
By: Robert Tyrone Patterson
From: GreensboroVOICES Collection

In this transcript of a July 17, 1979, oral history interview conducted by Eugene Pfaff with Pat Patterson, Patterson describes how the first sit-ins occurred, events that led up to the formation o...

Item thumbnail image Oral history interview with Pat Patterson by William Link
Date: April 24, 1989
By: Robert Tyrone Patterson
From: GreensboroVOICES Collection

In this transcript of an April 24, 1989, oral history interview conducted by William Link with Pat Patterson, Patterson describes events that led to the first sit-ins in 1960, the demonstrations th...