Henry, Mr and Mrs Waymon 1969-03-29

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The Henrys discuss various aspects of the black community in Lubbock from 1917 through the 1930s, with emphasis on schools and churches.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Mr. and Mrs. Waymon Henry

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Date: March 29, 1969; April 18, 1969

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Robert Foster

Length: 2 hours, 10 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Moved to Lubbock (1917), Black community, Early black settlers, Settlement of Avenue A, Increased migration after 1919, Water supply, Black won car at fair, Waymon Henry bought car, Waymon’s employment, Funeral home, Black schools, Use of churches, School building built, Black teachers, Waymon Henry—barber, Mrs. Henry came to Lubbock to work as a maid, Social organizations started, Masons, Eastern Star and Heroines, Activities, Black cemetery established, Cemetery Club, Effects of the Depression, Black churches, First church organized, Other churches organized.

Tape 1, Side 2: Organization of black churches (continued), Methodist churches, Social life, Church important, Gathering places (hang-outs), Settlement of Avenue A, Residential restrictions, Cost and size of lot, Dunbar PTA activities, Bus system, Coal heating.

Tape 2, Side 1: Moved to Lubbock (1917), First jobs, Black community, Settlement of Avenue A, First black schools, Locations, First black teachers, Ella Iles and others, Black churches, Locations, Organization, Black section of town (1920s), Black churches (again), Locations and organization (again), Black schools (again), First school trustees, Enrollment.

Tape 2, Side 2: Black teachers (again), Hiring, Masonic Lodge—organization, Heroines and Eastern Star—organization, Membership, Lodge built, Other men’s organizations, Knights of Pythias, Odd Fellows, Naming of Dunbar School.

Range Dates: 1917-1930s

Bulk Dates: 1917-1930s

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