Transcript of interview with Viola Johnson by Claytee D. White, March 12, 1996


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Transcript of interview with Viola Johnson by Claytee D. White, March 12, 1996
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White, Claytee D.
Interview with Viola Johnson conducted by Claytee D. White on March 12, 1996. Johnson lived in a tent when she moved from Fordyce to Las Vegas in 1942. She describes working conditions for maids and the Culinary Union strikes between 1969 and 1984.
Viola Johnson left Fordyce in 1942 to join her parents in Las Vegas. Her first home was a tent that measured approximately ten feet by twelve feet, where she lived with six other family members. She worked at the Hilton and the Sands Hotels as a maid and at the Riviera Hotel making sandwiches in the pantry. After working long hours, she was still able to be active in the church and with her family. Viola's fifty-four years in Las Vegas allowed her to see tremendous changes. She moved from chopping cotton in Fordyce to maid work in Las Vegas. Her interview provides information about labor conditions and the Culinary Union during the early years of the Las Vegas strip casino development. The culinary strikes referred to in the text occurred in 1969 (3 days), 1971 (24 hours), 1976 (10 days), and 1984 (75 days).
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F849.L35 J647 1997
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