John Cyrus and Lowell Black



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Callie J. Barnett grew up in Ohio, but moved to Huntington, WV, in the early 1900s when her husband took a job as the principal of Douglass School, an African American school. In this interview, Mrs. Barnett focuses on segregation of schools in Huntington, and specifically discusses the differences between schools in West Virginia and Ohio. She emphasizes her decision to educate her sons in Granville, OH, instead of in Huntington, WV. She believed they had the opportunity for a better, more equal education in Ohio. In the audio clip provided, Mrs. Barnett discusses the differences in the quality of supplies and education in the segregated schools of Huntington, WV. In her interview, Mrs. Barnett also focuses on African American jobs with C & O Railroad, African American churches in Huntington, WV, her father-in-law Dr. Barnett, and Carter G. Woodson, a family relative.

Publication Date

Fall 11-2-1972




African-American, segregation, integration, education, C&O Railroad, West Virginia, Ohio, Huntington, WV

Library of Congress Subjects

Barnett, Callie J., 1871- -- Autobiography. African Americans -- Education -- Ohio -- Oral histories. Family -- Ohio -- Oral histories. Rural churches -- West Virginia -- Oral histories.


Interview is included in the Marshall University Oral History Collection. The index number is OH64-85. This interview was conducted by John Cyrus and Lowell Black. MDS exhibit prepared by Jennifer Gehringer, August, 2014.


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Oral History Interview: Callie J. Barnett