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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Terry Graham, March 22, 1999. Interview K-0434. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Hiring black teachers remains an issue

The main complaint in Mooresville about integration was that the newly integrated school did not hire enough black teachers. That complaint endures to the present, Graham notes.

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Oral History Interview with Terry Graham, March 22, 1999. Interview K-0434. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Did you ever hear about any problems at first, when the schools integrated, at first, when they desegregated - were there ever any, kind of any talk of any problems with any teachers, or …
TERRY GRAHAM:
No, there wasn't no problem. Well, the only problem was about the teachers was they didn't hire black like they did- everybody thought they ought to have hired more blacks than they did. And of course, that's still today.
AMANDA COVINGTON:
Sure.
TERRY GRAHAM:
So, but, other than that, I mean, that was the talk, I mean about hiring black teachers.