Kinner, D C 1999-11-15

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African American D.C. Kinner, a former barber, talks about Lubbock in the 1940s and the changes the town has gone through since that time. He discusses segregation, working conditions, and opportunities in the Lubbock area for blacks.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: D.C. Kinner

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: November 15, 1999

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Daniel Sanchez

Length: 60 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Kinner, D.C., District of Columbus Kinner, b. 1925, Valley Mills, Texas, Parents and their hometowns, 4 brothers and 3 sisters, Childhood, Segregation, Share Cropping, Military, During World War II, Stationed in Florida, Segregation within, Barber College – Tyler, Texas, Moved to Lubbock – July, 1947, Retired – March, 1997, Location of his barber shops, Lubbock in 1947, Dust, Unpaved streets, Shotgun houses, Death, Old west town, Mexican and Black communities, Activities in Lubbock in 1947, Baseball, Black Hubbers, White Hubbers, Lamesa, West Texas/New Mexico League, Travelling to area towns, Hubbers Park/Obers Field, Money, Johnny Walker, Mechanic, Job, Always busy, Introduced new styles to Lubbock, Changes throughout career, Long work days, Prices and wages throughout career, No union, Changes in Lubbock since 1947, Housing, Streets, Lighting System, Street Sweeping, Vacant Lots – upkeep, Mosquito Spraying, T.J. Patterson – City Council, Fire Stations.

Tape 1, Side 2: Fire Stations (cont.), Jobs for blacks in 1947, Oil wells, Cotton, Maid work, Yard work, Very few farmers, Compress, Some owned small grocery stores, History of his house, Moved house to new lot in 1966, David Casey – Mayor, Urban Renewal, Dilbert McDougal, North Overton, School System in 1947, Football team, Hand-me-down uniforms and books, Politics, NAACP, George Wallace, Single-member district lawsuit in Lubbock, Lack of Opportunity in Lubbock, Teaching school was the best option, Lack of factories, I-27 Highway, Youth of Lubbock.

Range Dates: 1925-1999

Bulk Dates: 1947-1999

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