Transcript of interview with Alma Whitney by Claytee D. White, March 3, 1996
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- Transcript of interview with Alma Whitney by Claytee D. White, March 3, 1996
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- White, Claytee D.
- Interview with Alma Whitney conducted by Claytee D. White on March 3, 1996. Seeking better employment opportunities, Whitney moved to Las Vegas from Tallulah, Louisiana, at the age of sixteen. Whitney supported Westside churches and schools and was respected as supervisor in housekeeping at Desert Inn. Whitney provides information on the African American migration to Las Vegas during the 1940s, post-war race relations in Las Vegas, the daily work of hotel maids, and the Culinary Union.
- Alma Whitney moved to Las Vegas from Tallulah, Louisiana when she was sixteen years of age. She worked at the Desert Inn for thirty-five years and received a promotion to supervisor in housekeeping after fourteen years. She and her husband purchased a beautiful home on the Westside and reared six children. Alma remembers the early Las Vegas Westside peppered with little shacks with dirt floors, unpaved streets, and tiny trailer parks. She had expected more liberal attitudes concerning race relations in Las Vegas. However, the town's burgeoning gaming industry provided opportunities to work and to move up to supervisor. Even though the lines of racial separation were clear, Alma Whitney discovered that when she demanded respect from the ladies who worked for her and from fellow white supervisors, she received it. She carved out a full life by enjoying and supporting the institutions on the Westside: the church and schools for her children. Recreation on Jackson Street provided a well-rounded, fun-filled existence for her family. This interview provides information on the African American migration to Las Vegas during the 1940s, post-war race relations in Las Vegas, the daily work of hotel maids, and the culinary union. All efforts have been made by the interviewer to provide correct spelling of names and accurate dates.
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