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dc.contributor.authorGordon, Hugh L. (1922- ).en_US
dc.contributor.otherRoss, Ernest (1928-2014).en_US
dc.identifier.citationInterview with Ernest "Pappy" Ross, 2004-02-12, Hugh L. Gordon Papers, 1951-2009, Gordon, Kruse, Wentzel Collection, 1951-2010, SC/G/002, Kennesaw State University Archivesen_US
dc.descriptionSound recording digitized from an audiocassette of a telephone interview with Ernest "Pappy" Ross by Hugh L. Gordon. Ross discusses his early childhood in Donora, Pennsylvania, and his education at Morris Brown University. He was recruited to work at the Lockheed plant in Marietta, Georgia. On the production line from 1953 to 1968, Mr. Ross relates his experiences of transitioning from a segregated to an integrated workplace, including the attitudes of white employees towards black colleagues, segregated facilities at the plant, and incidents of racial discrimination and hostility. Ross was present at the meeting of African American employees and representatives of management at the office of attorney Donald L. Hollowell circa 1954-1955 to address complaints about discrimination in the plant. The complaints had the potential to derail Lockheed's contract with the U.S. government to build the C-130 aircraft. Gordon and Ross also talk about Lockheed employees Harry Hudson, the first African American supervisor at the Marietta facility, and Pat Patterson.en_US
dc.descriptionErnest "Pappy" Ross was born in Donora, Pennsylvania, on August 26, 1928, to Addison and Blanche Ross. One of seven children, Ross spent the summers while he attended high school working at the American Steel and Wire Company cleaning up the mill yard. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1949 to attend Morris Brown College, where he also played football. Ross graduated from Morris Brown in 1953 and was recruited to work at the Marietta facility of Lockheed. He was married in 1954 to his wife, Marilyn. Beginning in 1961, Ross worked on the B-47 and C-141 as a lead supervisor. In 1968, Dr. Ross left Lockheed to pursue his education. He received a master's degree from Atlanta University and a doctorate from the University of Georgia. Ernest Ross died on August 11, 2014.en_US
dc.description.abstractSound recording digitized from an audiocassette of a telephone interview with Ernest "Pappy" Ross by Hugh L. Gordon.en_US
dc.format.extent83 minutesen_US
dc.publisherKennesaw State University Archivesen_US
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dc.subjectOral histories.en_US
dc.subjectSound recordings.en_US
dc.subjectLockheed-Georgia Company -- History.en_US
dc.subjectAfrican Americans -- Employment.en_US
dc.subjectMinorities -- Employment -- United States.en_US
dc.subjectRacial discrimination.en_US
dc.subjectRacial integration.en_US
dc.titleInterview with Ernest "Pappy" Rossen_US
dc.typeRecording, oralen_US
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  • Aviation
    Oral histories pertaining to the topic of aviation
  • Hugh L. Gordon Papers, 1951-2009
    The Hugh L. Gordon Papers range from 1951 to 2009, with the bulk dating from 1966 to 1989. The majority of the documents were created by Gordon during the course of his duties as Director of Personnel at Lockheed-Georgia (GELAC), as well as Regional Executive for Region 4 of the National Alliance of Businessmen (NAB) and leadership positions with the Private Industry Council of Atlanta, Inc. (PIC) and the Atlanta Employer’s Voluntary Merit Employment Association (AEVMEA). In addition, the Gordon Papers include material generated as part of the creation of the collection.

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