Interview with Lillie McKnight, August 2, 1983

Project: Goin' North: Tales of the Great Migration Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Lillie McKnight (1894-1996) grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, with a single mother, where several generations of her family worked in domestic service for a white superintendent of cotton mills. She moved with two friends to Philadelphia in 1925 as a means of providing her children with better opportunities in the North, although she initially left her children in the South until she earned enough money to bring them north. She recounts working as a live-in domestic servant in a home of a Jewish family for many years. Throughout the interview, she discusses the importance of responsibility and faith, the hallmarks of her life.

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2014oh177_gn029

Interviewee Name

Lillie McKnight

Interviewer Name

Charles Hardy, III

Interview Date

1983-08-02

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McKnight, Lillie Interview by Charles Hardy, III. 02 Aug. 1983. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

McKnight, L. (1983, August 02). Interview by C. H. III. Goin' North: Tales of the Great Migration Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

McKnight, Lillie, interview by Charles Hardy, III. August 02, 1983, Goin' North: Tales of the Great Migration Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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