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Billie Gaines interview

@ Atlanta History Center

Merritt, Carole


In this interview, Billie Gaines details her childhood and the importance of education in her family. She discusses the issues and failures of the Atlanta Public School System since desegregation and the resegregation in many school districts, due to the expansion of the suburbs and the introduction of different ethnic groups in the Atlanta area. Gaines ends the interview with her assessment of minorities in the museum profession.Ms. Gaines was born in 1937 at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and spent early childhood in Greenwood,a village for faculty housing at Tuskegee. Her family lived in Savannah before moving to Atlanta, Georgia in 1949. Ms. Gaines attended Booker T. Washington High School and then Vassar College. She earned her PhD in Russian from Bryn Mawr.
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