Interview with Bob Menefee


  • Identifier: 2005 OH 022
  • Date: 10/27/2004
  • Interviewer: Denton, Beckie
  • Interviewee: Menefee, Bob
  • Description: Bob Menefee discusses growing up in a middle class Baptist family and his resultant careers in both the Air Force and higher education. The interview spends a great deal of time discussing Menefee's education, liberalism, Berea College's history, and the major events that took place in the city between the 1930s and the 1970s. Topics include labor organizing, segregation, the academic leadership power structure, and the rigid divide between Berea the College and Berea the community.
  • Location: Berea, KY
  • Duration: 0:55
  • Time Summary:
  • Restrictions: no
  • Rights: Contact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.
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  • Funding Source: The Community Change in the Kentucky Foothills of Appalachia Project was funded by the Kentucky Oral History Commission.


“Interview with Bob Menefee,” William H. Berge Oral History Center, accessed January 17, 2022,