Interview with Clarence D. Madison, November 5, 1982
Project: Black People in Lexington Oral History Project
Interview SummaryBorn in Anderson, Indiana, Mr. Madison came to Lexington in 1959. He reminisces about his entertainment career, especially in the night clubs on Deweese Street. He recalls that Deweese Street was known as "Negro Alley" and "Do As You Please" Street during the 1940's and the 1950's, and mentions other night life available for African American citizens during this time period. Mr. Madison discusses race relations in Lexington's music business in the 1940's and 1950's, Local 635 of the African American Musicians Union, and employment opportunities for African Americans at this time. Of particular interest to Mr. Madison was the influence of the Muslim religion upon Lexington between 1940 and 1950, and the existence of African American bands. Mr. Madison compares living conditions and standards in Lexington in 1940 with those of 1980, and remarks upon the effects of segregation in African American businesses.
Interview LC SubjectAfrican American families African Americans--Civil rights--Kentucky African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington African Americans--Kentucky--Lexington--Economic conditions African Americans--Race identity. African Americans--Religion African Americans. Madison, Clarence D. Madison, Clarence D.--Interviews
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Madison, Clarence D. Interview by Gerald Smith. 05 Nov. 1982. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Madison, C.D. (1982, November 05). Interview by G. Smith. Black People in Lexington Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.
Madison, Clarence D., interview by Gerald Smith. November 05, 1982, Black People in Lexington Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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