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Carl A. Mills Jr., June 30, 1999. Interview K-0182.
Easy Desegregation in Cary, North Carolina: Carl A. Mills Jr., principal of Cary High School during its desegregation, recalls a relatively easy process of integration.
Interviewee: Carl A. Mills    Interviewer: Peggy Van Scoyoc
Duration: 01:29:35     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 4 excerpts.
Carolyn Rogers, May 22, 2003. Interview K-0656.
Black Educator Describes the Shift from Rural to City Living and School Integration in Cary, North Carolina: Carolyn Farrar Rogers discusses how growing up in rural North Carolina sheltered her from racism and taught her the values of hard work and racial self-worth. These values served her well as a teacher during the early desegregation period.
Interviewee: Carolyn Rogers    Interviewer: Peggy Van Scoyoc
Duration: 01:32:42     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 8 excerpts.
Gwendolyn Matthews, December 9, 1999. Interview K-0654.
African American Woman Describes Her Experiences as One of the First Students to Integrate Cary High School: In 1962, Gwendolyn Matthews was one of five African American students to integrate Cary High School in North Carolina. In this interview, she describes her experiences in the integration process, emphasizing the hostility of white students and teachers. In addition, she speaks more broadly about segregation and integration in Cary and Raleigh.
Interviewee: Gwendolyn Matthews    Interviewer: Peggy Van Scoyoc
Duration: 01:10:02     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 7 excerpts.
Samuel James (S. J.) and Leonia Farrar, May 28, 2003. Interview K-0652.
Hard Work and God's Work: Labor and Worship in North Carolina: Samuel and Leonia Farrar remember a lifetime of hard work in rural and urban North Carolina.
Interviewee: Leonia Farrar, Samuel James (S. J.) Farrar    Interviewer: Peggy Van Scoyoc
Duration: 01:29:20     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 8 excerpts.
Koka Booth, July 6, 2004. Interview K-0648.
Helping Cary Grow: A Former Mayor Reflects on Spurring Community Growth: Koka Booth, former mayor of Cary, North Carolina, describes the growth of his city during his twelve-year tenure.
Interviewee: Koka Booth    Interviewer: Peggy Van Scoyoc
Duration: 00:44:58     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 4 excerpts.
Charles Adams, February 18, 2000. Interview K-0646.
A North Carolina Educator Describes the Process of School Desegregation in Wake County: Charles Adams was a teacher and coach in Wake County, North Carolina, during the 1960s before becoming the assistant director (and later the director) of the North Carolina High School Athletics Association. In addition, Adams's father was a leader in the effort to desegregate Wake County schools. Consequently, Adams offers an insider's perspective on the process of school desegregation, focusing specifically on Cary, North Carolina, as a pioneer and model for other local schools.
Interviewee: Charles Adams    Interviewer: Peggy Van Scoyoc
Duration: 01:02:38     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 5 excerpts.