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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with James Atwater, February 28, 2001. Interview K-0201. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Black and white high schools in Chapel Hill did not interact or share resources

Atwater compares the black high school in Chapel Hill with the white one, noting that the black school was smaller and required high involvement from students. He never went inside the white high school or knew what the students did there.

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Oral History Interview with James Atwater, February 28, 2001. Interview K-0201. 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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JENNIFER NARDONE:
Oh, okay. So it was 48-49. And you played basketball and football. Were you involved in other activities at Lincoln?
JAMES ATWATER:
At a school like that people can't escape multiple-but, no, the choir, the band, the drama club-
JENNIFER NARDONE:
Wow, all on top of the classes.
JAMES ATWATER:
Well, yes. And, as I say, many of us did that, because, at my graduation, we were sitting there in rows, we got up, sang in the choir, go sit in the band, go back-
JENNIFER NARDONE:
Like musical chairs.
JAMES ATWATER:
Yes, because the school was so small.
JENNIFER NARDONE:
Yes. Well, you say that you don't remember there being a lot of organized interaction between Chapel Hill and Lincoln. Do you remember how you sort of viewed Lincoln, I mean Chapel Hill high when you were in high school? Did you know about what was happening at Lincoln high? Did you care about what was happening?
JAMES ATWATER:
You mean Chapel Hill?
JENNIFER NARDONE:
I'm sorry, I'm sorry, yes. At Chapel Hill High.
JAMES ATWATER:
Well, not to a great extend, but it was easy to see-bigger building, seeing that the facilities seemed to be much better than ours.
JENNIFER NARDONE:
Did you ever go inside Chapel Hill high while you were a student?
JAMES ATWATER:
I don't think so, I don't think I ever was in the building. I think I may have been on some of their athletic fields, outdoor, but I do not remember going into the building, but it was on Main Street, of course we saw it all the time.
JENNIFER NARDONE:
So you don't remember really having a lot of knowledge about what they were doing as students or-
JAMES ATWATER:
No, no. Not really.