Interview with Mamadou "Sav" Savané, April 7, 2014

Project: African Immigrants in the Bluegrass Oral History Project

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Mamadou Savané (Guinea) describes growing up in Guinea as the third son of his father's fourth wife, going to primary school in a large upcountry town with father and later living with his mother in Conakry for secondary school. Sav talks about meeting Rachel, an American Peace Corps Volunteer, at a party and how he then came to the U.S. to marry her. He describes how he worked two hotel jobs, trying to learn English, working for UPS and later starting Sav's West African Grill near the University campus. He explains cultural "no-no's" of his girlfriend (Rachel) living his mother's home for several months and his returning to Guinea with his four year old son without his wife for a visit. Rachel's oral history interview is under the Peace Corps Oral History project.

Interview Accession

2014oh071_aitb007

Interviewee Name

Mamadou "Sav" Savané

Interviewer Name

Jack Wilson

Interview Date

2014-04-07

Interview LC Subject

Africa Guinea

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Savané, Mamadou Interview by Jack Wilson. 07 Apr. 2014. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Savané, M. (2014, April 07). Interview by J. Wilson. African Immigrants in the Bluegrass Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Savané, Mamadou, interview by Jack Wilson. April 07, 2014, African Immigrants in the Bluegrass Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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