Transcript of interview with Nathaniel Whaley by John Grygo, March 6, 2013

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ohr000847
Title
Transcript of interview with Nathaniel Whaley by John Grygo, March 6, 2013
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Grygo, John
Description
Interview with Nathaniel Whaley by John Grygo on March 6 and March 8, 2013. Whaley talks about growing up in Las Vegas and his adult life on the Westside. Nathaniel had a successful high school career as an accomplished athlete and Eagle Scout in the first black Boy Scout troop in the area. Nathaniel would go on to have a fruitful career as a mason and contractor, literally helping build the city of Las Vegas.
Abstract
Nathaniel Whaley was born in Tallulah, Louisiana in 1934. Nathaniel's father headed to Las Vegas in search of a better life for his family. Nathaniel, his mother, and three siblings soon followed him westward, eventually settling in West Las Vegas. Nathaniel is a Las Vegan who remembers neighborhood turf wars with the white kids, and what it was like to be banned from entering downtown casinos just because of his skin color. He remembers attending integrated schools on the Westside, the 1965 riot, and the end of segregation on the Strip. He remembers the development of the Westside community, going out on Jackson Street, and later, the decline of West Las Vegas' economic activity. Before leaving high school to provide for his new wife and son, Nathaniel had a successful high school career as an accomplished athlete and Eagle Scout in the first black Boy Scout troop in the area. Nathaniel would go on to have a fruitful career as a mason and contractor, literally helping build the city of Las Vegas. His jobs included the Dunes, the Sands, Union Plaza and the Maxim Hotel. Though skeptical of the NAACP's impact on Las Vegas' treatment of African Americans, he names Jimmy Gay and Woodrow Wilson as his childhood mentors. He is the father to eight children, and married to his third wife. He was a member of the Gospel Tornadoes, and continues to sing gospel music as a hobby.
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Westside, Jackson Street
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F850 N4 W43 2012
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2013-03-06; 2013-03-08
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