Interview with W. F. G. Moore, September 22, 1986

Project: Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Mr. Moore recalls that his father taught at a one room schoolhouse, and although earlier family ancestors were slaves, his parents were community leaders. Mr. Moore reflects upon the race relations of his childhood, the interracial marriages in his family, and the paternalistic attitudes of the white community towards children of mixed race parentage. He recalls his religious upbringing, the chores he performed, his participation in social activities and his educational background.

Mr. Moore remembers working as a "sample boy" in the iron factory in Buena Vista, Virginia, and the employment opportunities available for African Americans there before the Depression. Later employed in the insurance business, Mr. Moore ruminates on the discriminatory practices encountered by his employers including the "raiding" of top African American insurance salesman by white owned businesses. The prejudices African American businessmen met with in the segregated South are discussed, as are the northern migrations of African Americans during World War One and their influence upon their counterparts in the North.

Mr. Moore reflects upon his memories of travelling throughout Mississippi during the 1920s and 1930s, a time period when African Americans were lynched. The racial discrimination in Lexington in 1938 is examined, as are the results of the civil rights movement. Mr. Moore comments upon the historic and present roles of the African American churches, and the lack of vision among young African Americans.

Interview Accession

1986oh245_kh372

Interviewee Name

W. F. G. Moore

Interviewer Name

Emily Parker

Interview Date

1986-09-22

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Moore, W. F. G. Interview by Emily Parker. 22 Sep. 1986. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Moore, W.F. (1986, September 22). Interview by E. Parker. Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Moore, W. F. G., interview by Emily Parker. September 22, 1986, Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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