Interview with Bessie Yancey, March 13, 1984

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

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Interview Summary

Born in Boykins, Virginia, Bessie Yancey (1898-1997) grew up on a farm where her family raised a variety of crops, including cotton and sugar corn. Yancey was the seventh of twelve children. During World War I when her older brothers went to fight in Europe, Bessie and her sisters and younger brothers worked the farm with their father. Disliking the corrupt business dealings her father encountered as a Black man in the South, she left for Philadelphia in 1918. There she worked as nursemaid for a White family and was an active member of a church.

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2014oh192_gn044

Interviewee Name

Bessie Yancey

Interviewer Name

Charles Hardy, III

Interview Date

1984-03-13

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Yancey, Bessie Interview by Charles Hardy, III. 13 Mar. 1984. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Yancey, B. (1984, March 13). 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.

Yancey, Bessie, interview by Charles Hardy, III. March 13, 1984, 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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