Transcript of interview with Dr. Agnes Lockette by Shannon Smith, February 26, 1980

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Transcript of interview with Dr. Agnes Lockette by Shannon Smith, February 26, 1980
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Interview with Dr. Agnes Lockette conducted by Shannon Smith on February 26, 1980. Lockette moved to Nevada to be an elementary school teacher and an early childhood education professor at UNLV. She reviews the evolution of education in Las Vegas from the 1950s through the 1980s.
In 1949, there were no speed limits to slow Agnes Lockette's daily drive from Boulder City into Las Vegas. She would wave at the police officer as she made her way into Las Vegas to teach. Though her husband, Emory Lockette, had promised their stay would only be a couple of years, Agnes settled in, raised a family and became a career educator. This interview was found by the Boyer Early Las Vegas Oral History Project and transcribed as part of the African American in Las Vegas: A Collaborative Oral History Project. The interview was recorded in 1980, thirty years after Agnes and Emory moved to Nevada, by a UNLV history student. The interview is valuable summary of where education in the Las Vegas was in the period between 1950 and 1980. Agnes succinctly describes how the state of education in the Las Vegas valley has evolved from a group of independent districts into one large consolidated district. She talk about the quality of teachers, the improvements made possible with the growth of UNLV, where she became a part time professor.
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