Interview with C. T. Vivian
QUESTION 2
INTERVIEWER:

WE'RE GOING TO START THE SHOW WITH NASHVILLE, AS A TOWN, AS A PLACE TO LIVE IN ‘59 AND ‘60, THAT WHOLE PERIOD. SO JUST A NOTE, IN A FEW SENTENCES, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE NASHVILLE, UH, IN TERMS OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY - WHAT WAS IT LIKE AS A PLACE TO LIVE?

C. T. Vivian:

Nashville was one of the better places to live in the South. One of the reasons for that is because of its colleges—both black and white—uh, and because the image that it tried to portray, uh, it saw itself as the "Athens of the south," and uh, had uh, a three-quarter replica of the Parthenon. Uh, it was uh, one of the more cultured centers of the south. Uh, it had uh, three black colleges, two of them colleges and uh, one of them a medi- a medical school. Uh, it had uh, uh, quite famous colleges such as Vanderbilt and Peabody uh, so that, and a number of other colleges. It was also a center of religious publications for both black and white. There were three major black publishing houses in that city. Uh…