Transcript of interview with Monroe Williams by Claytee D. White, August 15, 2000


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Transcript of interview with Monroe Williams by Claytee D. White, August 15, 2000
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White, Claytee D.
Interview with Monroe Williams conducted by Claytee D. White on August 15, 2000. Williams was one of the first black firefighters in 1963, later becoming involved in real estate. He and his wife, Brenda Williams, were community leaders.
Monroe Williams came from Mississippi to Las Vegas in 1943 with his parents and siblings. They settled in Carver Park in Henderson and Mr. Williams remembers tents and houses built of railroad ties. He recalls many of the black families who owned homes and property on the Westside, the hunting he and his friends used to do in the desert washes, and his early schooling at Westside School and Rancho High School. Monroe was one of the first black firefighters in Las Vegas and today is involved in real estate. He shares many memories of incidents, personalities, and businesses from the sixties through the nineties. His wife Brenda has held several jobs and now works for Senator Bryan. Mr. Williams gives many details, opinions, and comments on everything he has witnessed over the past fifty years. He has been involved with the NAACP, Prometheus Circle, school integration, and Operation Independence. Monroe recalls in detail many stories and anecdotes concerning Las Vegas, the Westside, downtown, and the Strip. Monroe was in the Navy for two years, attended some classes at Nevada Southern University (now UNLV), and worked at Ranch Market on the Westside. He ran a real estate company and a property management company while serving his town as a firefighter. His phenomenal memory creates a very detailed picture of Las Vegas as a small town going through the growing pains of integration, Mob influence, and expansion.
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Carver Park; Westside
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CT247 .W54 2007
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University of Nevada Las Vegas
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2370 x 3140 pixels; 7.9 x 10.5 inches; 22,634,568 bytes; 73 images
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