Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part II: Interview with Vernon Hopson
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Vernon Hopson was born in Lee County, Texas to an African American family. Despite segregation, he completed high school. Enlisting in the army, he applied for flight training and was selected for training in Tuskegee, Alabama. Trained as a fighter pilot, he graduated too late to participate in the war in Europe. After leaving the army briefly, he reenlisted in the Air Force and worked in air traffic control around the world until 1962. After his military retirement he worked as a civilian air traffic controller first in Chicago and then in Minneapolis when he moved to Minnesota in 1969. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Life and growing up in rural segregated Texas during the 1920s and 1930s; working hard with a strong supportive family to overcome prejudice and discrimination to do well in school and become a fighter pilot; training and service as a pilot and air traffic controller; building a successful post World War II career in and out of the military despite racial discrimination.
Quantity 3 hours sound cassettes
180 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 180 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Hopson, Vernon
Interviewer: Bekke, Douglas
Made in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 11/29/2006
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 115
Accession Number AV2008.26.15
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part II'

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