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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Harold Fleming, January 24, 1990. Interview A-0363. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Feelings of joy and fear over <cite>Brown</cite> decision

Fleming had mixed reactions when he first heard about the <cite>Brown v. Board</cite> decision. He was happy yet feared the consequences.

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Oral History Interview with Harold Fleming, January 24, 1990. Interview A-0363. 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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JOHN EGERTON:
Do you remember Brown day real vividly? Do you have any specific recollection where you were that day and what you did that day? Did you celebrate Brown or did you go hide? What did you do?
HAROLD FLEMING:
I talked to John Popham on the phone. Front page of the Times the next morning-lead story from the South-quoted three imminent southerners on what this meant and so on. They were Herman Talmadge, Jimmy Byrnes, and me, Harold Fleming. It was a perfect mixture of feelings. I felt elated, I felt terrified . . . . END OF INTERVIEW