Patterson, Thomas J Sr 2013-07-25

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This interview features T. J. Patterson, who discusses his early life and upbringing, his experiences as an educator, Lubbock councilman, newspaper editor, and leader for the African-American community.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Thomas J. Patterson Sr.

Additional Parties Recorded: n/a

Date: July 25, 2013

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Cosby Morton

Length: 01:35:08 (1 hour, 35 minutes)


Tape 1, Side 1:

Discussion of upbringing, pre-Civil Rights era; Requirements for advancing the African-American community; Beginning of Mary & Mac School; Noted students who came through Mary & Mac; Portrait of Lubbock when Patterson arrived; Lubbock urban renewal, negative effects on African-Americans; Describes Manhattan Heights; Recollection of landmarks and neighborhoods in postwar Lubbock; Discusses Southwest Digest; T.J.'s time on Council; Discusses anti-drug crusade, community involvement; Cosby discusses people he's interviewed, community history

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Access Information

Original Recording Format: born digital audio

Recording Format Notes: audio cd available in Reading Room

Transcript: found here:

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