Interview with Ben E. Coleman, September 12, 1986

Project: Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Born and raised on a farm, Mr. Coleman has worked at the Avon Army Depot, run his own restaurant, "Ben's Kitchen", in Lexington, and been employed as a chauffeur. His experiences as a chauffeur in Chicago and New York included run-ins with gangsters, and he remembers his former employer, Mr. Fountain. He recalls his parents educational background, Sunday dinners during his childhood, and funeral customs of the 1920s and 1930s. He talks about the influence of the church in African American society, and differentiates between old-time preachers and those of the 1980s.

Interview Accession

1986oh247_kh374

Interviewee Name

Ben E. Coleman

Interviewer Name

Emily Parker

Interview Date

1986-09-12

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Coleman, Ben E. Interview by Emily Parker. 12 Sep. 1986. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Coleman, B.E. (1986, September 12). Interview by E. Parker. Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Coleman, Ben E., interview by Emily Parker. September 12, 1986, Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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