T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History Collection
INTERVIEWEE NAME: Edmae L. Butler COLLECTION: 4700.0614
IDENTIFICATION: McKinley High School graduate of the class of 1932.
INTERVIEWER: Hollins, Shawnda
PROJECT: McKinley 1: History of McKinley High School
INTERVIEW DATES: June 19, 1995
FOCUS DATES: 1929 - 1932
Tape 898, Side A.
Born in Lobdell, Louisiana to Marshall and Bertha Jackson LaMotte; mother had seventh grade education, was a homemaker; father had fourth or fifth grade education, worked as a farmer, bricklayer, and funeral home director; attended McKinley from 1929 to 1932; typical day at McKinley and importance of academics; married, had a son after graduating; continued her education at Southern University and Louisiana State University years later; started teaching mathematics; was almost valedictorian of her class; favorite teachers were Maggie Nelson, William Yates, and J.D. Young; the principal once caught her impersonating him; McKinley was the first black high school in the area, at that time known as Baton Rouge Colored High School; influence of McKinley students on Baton Rouge; McKinley today offers more opportunities for students; her life after McKinley and at time of interview; decision to become a teacher; importance of young people participating in the community; McKinley alma mater written by A.E. Carter, music teacher; students today compared to when she was in high school; suggests other people to interview for this project.
TAPES: 1 (T898) TOTAL PLAYING TIME: 23 minutes
# PAGES TRANSCRIPT: 13
OTHER MATERIALS: Interviewer's Notes/Word List, Additional Materials Form, Photographs with descriptions (4 pgs), McKinley Potential Interviews Card, Correspondence