Interview with James Wyatt Thurman

  • Identifier1985 OH 108
  • Date4/19/1985
  • InterviewerBerge, William H.
  • IntervieweeThurman, James Wyatt
  • DescriptionJ.W. "Spider" Thurman was born in 1917 in Rhea County, Tennessee. He moved to Benham, a coal mining camp in Harlan County, Kentucky, when he was seven years old. In this interview, Thurman comments on coal camp life, his years in Kentucky Athletics and his time as the EKU Director of Alumni Affairs.
  • LocationRichmond, KY
  • Restrictionsnone
  • RightsContact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.


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