Whitfield, Mrs Irbie 1969

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Mrs. Whitfield discusses the black community in Lubbock and early race relations.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Mrs. Irbie Whitfield

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: 1969

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Robert Foster

Length: 1 hour 20 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Biographical information, Black population (1924), Listing of early residents, Living conditions, Paved streets, Post Office, Biographical information, Old businesses, Trading post, Café, Black teacher, Schoolhouse location, Reasons for blacks coming to Lubbock, Trip to Lubbock, Biographical information, Land purchases, Black residences—location, Wheelock addition, Shopping—Barry Brothers, Dr. Oliver—marriage, Lubbock race relations, Mixed marriages—Lubbock’s reaction, Sheriff, Black policemen, Race relations, Black physicians, Churches.

Tape 1, Side 2: Churches (continued), Attendance, Living in tents, Automobiles, Employment, Texas Tech and blackboard, Black adoption, Store, Paving streets, Max Coleman—lawyer, Schoolhouse purchase and location, First principal, Depression—conditions, Renting, Residence restriction law, Buying meat, Utilities and water, Bath incident, Heating bath water, Water supply, First bathtub.

Tape 2, Side 1: Movies, Revivals and conversion, Church buildings—location, Churches, Masonic lodge, Colanthians.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1924-1969

Bulk Dates: 1924-1969

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