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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Gloria Register Jeter, December 23, 2000. Interview K-0549. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Loss of black traditions in integration

Jeter saw the Lincoln-Chapel Hill High School merger repeating itself when the law schools at Florida A&M and Florida State merged. Once again, "it wasn’t a merger, it was a taking." In Jeter’s experience, black educational traditions suffered during the integration process.

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Oral History Interview with Gloria Register Jeter, December 23, 2000. Interview K-0549. 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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BG: So you spent your first year at Carolina and then transferred. GRJ: Mmmmhmm. BG: Why did you transfer? GRJ: I got married. I married a man who was, I was a, stupid – not stupid, young. I was a young freshman. And I met this man who was a senior at that time, he was a senior at Carolina. And he wanted to go to law school. And we got married my freshman year. And he transferred to Florida State University Law School. And if I’m not mistaken, can you see how these things keep repeating themselves. Florida A&M and Florida State are both in Tallahassee. Florida A&M had a law school. They took the law school from Florida A&M and moved it to Florida State, to the white school. And that was the first year they had moved it to the white school. And they had to have some black representation. So they (big laugh) – you see how these things keep repeating themselves? It’s almost like Chapel Hill High School and Lincoln! All over again! BG: So again it was a combination, it was a merger, but the merger was mostly white. GRJ: Mmmhmmm. Actually it was just a taking. It wasn’t a merger. Just like, this situation wasn’t a merger, it was just a taking.