Transcript of interview with Rev. Prentiss Walker by Bernard Timberg, January 27, 1974

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Transcript of interview with Rev. Prentiss Walker by Bernard Timberg, January 27, 1974
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Timberg, Bernard
Interview with Rev. Prentiss Walker conducted by Bernard Timberg on January 27, 1974. Born on an Oklahoma Indian Reservation in 1910, Walker arrived in Las Vegas in 1933 in hopes of working on Hoover Dam construction. After working in various jobs, he became ordained as a Baptist minister. Walker discusses job discrimination and living "uptown."
Rev. Prentiss Walker recalls Las Vegas from 1933 to the early 1970s. He discusses the equality of opportunity and social acceptance that blacks enjoyed in Las Vegas in the thirties. He notes that blacks did not look upon southern Nevada as a place of permanent residence, but rather as a temporary place to earn money quickly. He mentions some early black families in Las Vegas. With the coming of the dam, discrimination and segregation came to the black community. He briefly mentions the effort of the NAACP to obtain jobs for blacks at Hoover Dam. He compares an earlier time with its slower pace of life to the insecure and high crime era of the seventies.
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