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Transcript of an interview with Hazel Geran by Claytee D. White on August 30, 2000
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Digital IDohr000537
TitleTranscript of an interview with Hazel Geran by Claytee D. White on August 30, 2000
NarratorGeran, Hazel
Community AffiliationEqual Opportunity Board
Head Start
Material SetGeran, Hazel
InterviewerWhite, Claytee D.
DescriptionHazel Geran was an employee of the Equal Opportunity Board in 1972, and was still working there at time of this interview. Her first job in Las Vegas in 1948 was as a keno writer at Cotton Club on the Westside.
AbstractIn 1948, at the age of 21, Hazel Geran moved to Las Vegas to live with relatives. Hazel was Mississippi born-and-raised and had lived in Chicago for two years prior. As so many others, she came to Las Vegas in search of a better job. Hers would be as a keno writer at the Westside Cotton Club. The future included marrying Johnus Geran, a barbershop owner, with whom had five children. For years her main focus was to be a homemaker and mother. By the mid-1960s she began to forge a career in public services positions; including Head Start, Family Planning Department and more. In 1972, she began working at the EOB, Equal Opportunity Board, with the services for the senior population. This interview occurred at her EOB office. Hazel describes her perspective of living on the Westside and the businesses that thrived there in the past, and why she remained in west Las Vegas. She gives a peek into family life: Catholic schools, family outings and an insightful story regarding racism and the difficulty getting housing loan in the 1950s.
Identified Corporate BodiesCotton Club (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Valley View Golf Club (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Identified NeighborhoodWestside
Neighborhood City / TownLas Vegas
SourceF850 N4 G47 2012
Original CollectionAfrican Americans in Las Vegas: A Collaborative Oral History Project
Original Date (interview)2000-08-30
Alternative DateAugust 30, 2000
Subject (FAST)Nevada--Las Vegas
Older people
DC TypeText
Genre (TGM)Interview Transcripts
Specific Genre (LCSH)Transcripts
RightsThis material may be protected by copyright. Personal, including educational and academic, use of this material is without restriction but acknowledgement of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University Libraries is requested whether the use is oral, web or in print. Commercial use of any portion of this material requires permission from the University Libraries. For further information please contact Digital Collections:
Digital PublisherUniversity of Nevada Las Vegas
Digital CollectionThe African American Experience in Las Vegas
Master Extent540,480 bytes
Master File Formatapplication/pdf
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