Transcript of interview with Lee Henry Lisby by Glen E. Davis, Rita O'Brian, and Elizabeth Patrick, July 10, 1975, April 10, 1978, and May 10, 1978


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Transcript of interview with Lee Henry Lisby by Glen E. Davis, Rita O'Brian, and Elizabeth Patrick, July 10, 1975, April 10, 1978, and May 10, 1978
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Davis, Glen E.; O'Brian, Rita; Patrick, Elizabeth
Interview with Lee Henry Lisby conducted by Glen E. Davis, Rita O'Brian, and Elizabeth Patrick on July 10, 1975, April 10, 1978, and May 10, 1978. In 1942, Lisby moved from Louisiana to Nevada, where he found success in owning real estate.
Mr. Lisby, born in Louisiana, is a retired sawmill worker, truck driver, construction laborer, and hotel porter. He narrates his experiences in Las Vegas from 1942 to 1975. He was a union man. Mr. Lisby tells of living conditions in Las Vegas in the forties when he first came to the city. His first housing was an old Army hospital tent, and then he built a house. He explains how he coped with the extreme heat, sandstorms, and unpaved streets. Mr. Lisby, though a poor man, relates how through hard work and good investment of his limited funds he was able to accrue property and came to own several apartment units. Mr. Lisby tells of his early attempts to receive an education in Louisiana. All his ten children graduated from high school in Las Vegas; several of them attended college; and a daughter graduated from Howard University. Mr. Lisby, an infrequent gambler because of his family responsibilities, mentions the Last Frontier, El Rancho, the Red Rooster, and Club Bingo. He says blacks were not allowed in those clubs and were limited to finding entertainment on the Westside at the Cotton Club, Harlem Club, and El Morocco.
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F849.L35 L58
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Original Date (interview)
1975-07-10; 1978-04-10; 1978-05-10
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July 10, 1975; April 10, 1978; May 10, 1978.
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University of Nevada Las Vegas
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2307 x 3222 pixels; 7.69 x 10.74 inches; 22,323,200 bytes; 55 images
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24 bit color; 300 ppi

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