Interview with Florence A. Young, September 10, 1986

Project: Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Florence Young was born in Frankfort, Kentucky and moved to Harrodsburg, Kentucky at six weeks old. She lived in Harrodsburg until her father's death, after which her family moved to Lexington, Kentucky.

In this interview, Young recounts her family's history including her great-grandfather, who was a slave buyer. Her grandparents were slaves in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. She discusses her father's career in Frankfort and Harrodsburg. His jobs included working for a lawyer, working as the president of an all-Black fair, and as a member of the town council.

After her family moved to Lexington her mother began her own catering business working for many prominent White families in town. She discusses how her mother was treated by her White employers, other Blacks in town, and by White store owners in downtown Lexington. She discusses her sister's career teaching in Lexington in both segregated and integrated schools. She talks about her own varied career, ending with her lengthy education and work in New York for the Board of Education.

Throughout the interview she discusses the Black community during her childhood and how it has changed over time. She discusses the effects of the civil rights movement in Lexington, the role of the church in the community, and race relations in Kentucky.

Interview Accession

1986oh248_kh375

Interviewee Name

Florence A. Young

Interviewer Name

Emily Parker

Interview Date

1986-09-10

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Young, Florence A. Interview by Emily Parker. 10 Sep. 1986. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Young, F.A. (1986, September 10). Interview by E. Parker. Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Young, Florence A., interview by Emily Parker. September 10, 1986, Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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