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Interviewer: So, in what year did you graduate from high school? Johnson: Nineteen forty-four. Interviewer: Nineteen forty-four. So that’s right in the middle of the war? Johnson: Yeah, three years into the war. Interviewer: Did you serve in the military at all? Johnson: Three years. Interviewer: Three years. Was it right after you graduated? Johnson: No, I came here to Prairie View. I guess I was, oh, sophomore. They wouldn’t give me a deferment, so I was drafted. I went in service in 1946 and spent nearly two years here. I was about up a sophomore when I went in service. I spent three years and came back and graduated from here in 1950. Interviewer: From Prairie View in 1950? Johnson: From Prairie View, yes.

Interview Interview with James E. Johnson
Subjects Education › All-Black Education
Education › Higher Education
Historic Periods › Jim Crow Period
Historic Periods › 1941-1945
Historic Periods › 1946-1950
Military › World War II
Military › Military Draft
Tags Prairie View A&M University
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Interview date 2015-07-21
Interview source CRBB Summer 2015
Interviewees Johnson, James E.
Interviewers Acuña-Gurrola, Moisés
Bynum, Katherine
Duration 00:01:11
Citation "Higher Education," from James E. Johnson oral history interview with Moisés Acuña-Gurrola and Katherine Bynum,  July 21, 2015, Prairie View, TX , Civil Rights in Black and Brown Interview Database,, accessed December 04, 2023