Interview with Lowell Phillips, December 8, 1988

Project: Appalachia: Family and Gender in the Coal Community Oral History Project

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Lowell Phillips is originally from Flat Gap in Johnson County, Kentucky. He was born in 1914, and his family moved to Van Lear when he was four. His father became head of construction at the mine. They lived within 600 feet of coal mine No. 2, and he remembers that men were hurt or killed regularly in the mine. Phillips describes some of the African American families in the town, particularly the Singletons. He talks about sexual issues, noting changes over time. He recalls young people going to roadhouses and nightclubs in the early 1930s. He makes a distinction between "nice" clubs and some of the worst roadhouses and "jenny barns." He states that condoms were easily available. He remembers his parent's and his own marriage. His wife was afflicted with Alzheimer's disease.

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1988oh254_app201

Interviewee Name

Lowell Phillips

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Glenna Graves

Interview Date

1988-12-08

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Phillips, Lowell Interview by Glenna Graves. 08 Dec. 1988. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Phillips, L. (1988, December 08). Interview by G. Graves. Appalachia: Family and Gender in the Coal Community Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Phillips, Lowell, interview by Glenna Graves. December 08, 1988, Appalachia: Family and Gender in the Coal Community Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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