Interview with Delores Vinegar-Oderinde, March 19, 1987

Project: Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project

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The great granddaughter of freed slaves, Mrs. Oderinde recounts her family history, background, mixed ancestry and stories of slavery passed down thru the generations. She remembers growing up on a farm in a mixed community in Owen County as one of the few African American families in the area; and, discusses the interaction among citizens of Owen, Scott, Harrison and Woodford
counties. Attending segregated schools until the third grade, Mrs. Oderinde recalls moving to an integrated school; educational differences in Georgetown after integration; and, her perception of the attitudes and teaching styles of white teachers.

Mrs. Oderinde compares Georgetown to the other communities in which she has lived, Denver and Omaha; remarks upon the changes Georgetown has undergone; and, discusses her present day, integrated neighborhood. She comments upon the transformation of the African American church: modern day emphasis on money as opposed to saving souls; self aggradizement and volunteering for "the credit"; lack of assistance except on holidays; outright prejudices against other faiths;and, the different religious practices of other faiths and denominations.

Remembering her participation in the civil rights movement, Mrs. Oderinde recalls wearing her first afro and the assumption that she was a member of the Black Panthers. She mentions the beginnings of the women's movement and the growth which comes with meeting individuals of other cultures; the prejudice still alive despite the progress already made; and, the need she recognizes for the African American community to become more active politically.

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1987oh083_kh414

Interviewee Name

Delores Vinegar-Oderinde

Interviewer Name

Emily Parker

Interview Date

1987-03-19

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Vinegar-Oderinde, Delores Interview by Emily Parker. 19 Mar. 1987. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Vinegar-Oderinde, D. (1987, March 19). Interview by E. Parker. Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Vinegar-Oderinde, Delores, interview by Emily Parker. March 19, 1987, Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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