Interview with Ernest Grey, July 12, 1984

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

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Born on Cat Island, South Carolina, sometime in the early 1890s Ernest Grey spent his childhood moving between family members in Georgia and South Carolina. Unable to read or even spell his last name, Grey came north on the free transportation offered by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1916 and after working briefly for the railroad, found jobs in Camden, New Jersey, and then, for 35 years, in a Philadelphia laundry. Grey did not return to South Carolina until 1982, when a church-sponsored trip enabled him to meet relatives he had not seen in close to 70 years.

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2014oh199_gn051

Interviewee Name

Ernest Grey

Interviewer Name

Donna DeVore

Interview Date

1984-07-12

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Grey, Ernest Interview by Donna DeVore. 12 Jul. 1984. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Grey, E. (1984, July 12). Interview by D. DeVore. Goin' North: Tales of the Great Migration Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Grey, Ernest, interview by Donna DeVore. July 12, 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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