Interview with Lillie H. Yates, July 15, 1986

Project: Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Ms. Yates recalls her family history including relatives who experienced slavery, their white overseers, the practice of "hiring out," Jonestown, "Black troublemakers", and her educational background. She reminisces about farm life in the early twentieth century including methods of home heating, harvesting corn, soap making, food preparation and preservation, making burgoo and "homebrew", ice-making, making clothes, and holiday traditions. She also talks about wages, treatment of African American farm workers by white farm families, tobacco production, commercial farming, farm labor, hired help, obtaining credit at the country store, and difficulties faced by African American farmers of the time period. Ms. Yates recounts the role of religion in the country churches in the African American community, church parties and dances, ostracism by the church, attitudes toward alcohol use, country preachers, religious revivals, and country baptisms.

Interview Accession

1986oh202_kh332

Interviewee Name

Lillie H. Yates

Interviewer Name

Emily Parker

Interview Date

1986-07-15

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Yates, Lillie H. Interview by Emily Parker. 15 Jul. 1986. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Yates, L.H. (1986, July 15). Interview by E. Parker. Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Yates, Lillie H., interview by Emily Parker. July 15, 1986, Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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