Interview with Irene Brown, July 2, 1987

Project: Remembering the Vote and Much More Oral History Project

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Irene Brown was born in Indiana in December of 1892. She never married. Her family moved back to Kentucky shortly after she was born. Brown was educated in a country school and graduated from high school in 1911. She then attended college at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. After college she became a teacher and taught high school in Mississippi for a short period of time before returning to Kentucky. She taught in several Kentucky schools and then returned to school at Transylvania University to get her master's degree. In 1925 Brown was hired to teach in Pikeville, Kentucky where she taught for 12 years.

Brown does not recall much about politics in Pikeville. She states that she really did not consider women's suffrage a serious issue at the time. She describes some important women in Pikeville. Mrs. Elliott was a teacher who taught for many years in Pikeville and worked on local elections. She also briefly describes the wife of Congressman Langley who was voted into office in her husband's place. Brown states that she herself did not get too involved in politics but did vote regularly. Brown also describes the socioeconomic status of people in Pikeville and Pike County and the changes that Pikeville underwent while she was living there. Brown also shares her opinions on the advances that women have made throughout the past century.

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1987oh229_ws084

Interviewee Name

Irene Brown

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Betty Nave

Interview Date

1987-07-02

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Brown, Irene Interview by Betty Nave. 02 Jul. 1987. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Brown, I. (1987, July 02). Interview by B. Nave. Remembering the Vote and Much More Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Brown, Irene, interview by Betty Nave. July 02, 1987, Remembering the Vote and Much More Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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