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Item 1112: 01112_Yates Alumni_Sports

 Item — Box: 18

In Fall 2016, Houston History Magazine interviewed five alumni of Yates High School to discuss the Turkey Day Classic football game that saw the competition between Phyllis Wheatley and Jack Yates High Schools. The group recalls the happenings within the Third Ward during the week leading up to the big game, and excitement surrounding those events. The group gives vividly imagery of attending the game, performing at halftime, and playing in the game. The group also reminisces on their school days, the lessons they learned, and the teachers, coaches, and individuals who made an impact on their lives. Throughout, pride in their school, neighborhood, and each other resonates through the enthusiasm shown in the conversation. Despite the burden of living in segregated, unequal circumstances, each former student discusses the unity of Third Ward and how it contributed to the success and popularity of the Classic.


  • 1996-2017

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Open for research.

Oral history interviews are only available for use when the University of Houston Libraries is in possession of a release form signed by both interviewee and interviewer allowing for such access.


From the Collection: 25.0 linear feet

Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

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MD Anderson Library
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