Interview with Sophia D. Smith, June 15, 1987

Project: Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project

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Mrs. Smith talks about her family's relationship with the discovery and early tours of Mammoth Cave National Park; her grandparents' endurance of slavery; additional family history; and recreational activities. She explains how her father taught himself to read, attended Kentucky State during the summer and later taught school in Barren and Hart counties; reviews her mother's education at Norton (??) University in Kentucky; recalls the family owning and operating a restaurant in Cave City in 1918-1919 until it burned in a fire and also running a slaughterhouse for cattle and hogs.

She discusses her educational background and experiences with both integrated and segregated schools; recalls attending Kentucky State College; the evolution of the African American church and religious community; her participation in politics; and, explains how voting practices have changed. She recounts the difficulties encountered in establishing her own business after graduation from beauty school and talks about returning to teaching after her husband obtained a position in Louisville. Mrs. Smith retired in 1977 and returned to Russellville shortly thereafter.

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1987oh090_kh421

Interviewee Name

Sophia D. Smith

Interviewer Name

Emily Parker

Interview Date

1987-06-15

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Smith, Sophia D. Interview by Emily Parker. 15 Jun. 1987. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Smith, S.D. (1987, June 15). Interview by E. Parker. Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Smith, Sophia D., interview by Emily Parker. June 15, 1987, Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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