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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Herman Talmadge, November 8, 1990. Interview A-0347. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Desegregation goes smoothly

Talmadge's wife says that students at the University of Georgia did not understand the big ruckus about integrating the university. She recalls that the process went smoothly in her area.

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Oral History Interview with Herman Talmadge, November 8, 1990. Interview A-0347. 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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MRS. TALMADGE:
Talking about race relations, I was a senior at the University of Georgia when the University of Georgia was integrated with Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter.
JOHN EGERTON:
Is that right? And Charlayne Hunter who's now on the nightly news.
MRS. TALMADGE:
I was a senior. And when the governor started talking about, going to close down the University of Georgia, I thought, this is ridiculous. Most people thought that there was no reason to have such a hullabaloo about two people wanting to come to school. Then I went to work with the Extension Service, and there had been a black extension service and a white one. I was in the middle of that integration, and that proved to be real interesting. It went smoothly where I happened to be.