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McNeill Smith was born in 1918 and grew up in Rowland, N.C. In this interview he discusses some of the racial tensions in his town, including his experiences with segregated bathrooms and movie theaters. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, received his undergraduate degree from UNC, and completed his legal education at Columbia Law School. He spent the majority of his legal career in general litigation and civil rights law in Greensboro. He recalls several of his more prominent cases including his involvement in the Speaker Ban case, speaks about his role in negotiations related to the Greensboro sit-in of 1960, and comments on his service in the N.C. General Assembly.

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