Interview with William S. Steffens, April 23, 1984

Project: Goin' North: Tales of the Great Migration Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

William Steffens (b. 1897) was born to Fannie and Manuel Steffens in Jacksonville, Florida. He and his family remained in Jacksonville until 1917 when the family gradually made their way North. Life in Jacksonville exposed Steffens to discrimination and racial violence at an early age, and as he grew up his awareness of racism grew with him, ultimately leading him to make his own journey North in 1917, after which he worked a variety of jobs.

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2014oh188_gn040

Interviewee Name

William S. Steffens

Interviewer Name

Donna DeVore

Interview Date

1984-04-23

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Steffens, William S. Interview by Donna DeVore. 23 Apr. 1984. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Steffens, W.S. (1984, April 23). Interview by D. DeVore. Goin' North: Tales of the Great Migration Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Steffens, William S., interview by Donna DeVore. April 23, 1984, Goin' North: Tales of the Great Migration Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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