Thelma Tucker Interview, 26 June 2012

In this 2012 interview, Thelma Tucker describes her childhood live experiences that will eventually lead her the Shaker community. Originally raised in New York City, she was the daughter of Norwegian immigrants who valued education at a young age. She describes the racial discrimination she witnessed as a child, and how her Scandinavian background always viewed race as a non-issue. Working in Ghana after marriage, she then attended church before making her way to Shaker in the 1960s. She goes on to explain her feelings about Shaker schools, American education, and the integration during the turbulent 1960s. Mrs. Tucker ends with thoughts about the Shaker community today.

Participants: Tucker, Thelma (Interviewee) / Halligan-Taylor, Gabriela (Interviewer)
Collection: Shaker Heights Centennial
Institutional Repository: Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection

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Shaker Heights Centennial

These interviews, conducted by students as part of a CSU Provost-funded Undergraduate Summer Research Award project led by Drs. Mark Souther and Mark Tebeau, supported commemoration of the Shaker Heights Centennial in 2012. For more information, please visit: