Transcript of interview with Lucille Bryant by Claytee D. White, December 13, 1995

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Digital ID
ohr000030
Title
Transcript of interview with Lucille Bryant by Claytee D. White, December 13, 1995
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Interviewer
White, Claytee D.
Description
Interview with Lucille Bryant conducted by Claytee D. White on December 13, 1995. Moving to Las Vegas in 1953 from Tallulah, Louisiana, Bryant worked in the housekeeping departments of the Algiers Hotel, the Silver Slipper, the Sands, and the Stardust. Bryant provides an overview of pre-Civil Rights era conditions in Tallulah and Las Vegas including housing, schools, and working conditions as well as her experiences with the Culinary Union.
Abstract
Lucille Bryant moved to Las Vegas from Tallulah, Louisiana in 1953. She worked in the housekeeping departments of the Algiers Hotel, the Silver Slipper, the Sands, and the Stardust. The information she shared contains an overview of pre-civil rights era conditions in Tallulah and Las Vegas including housing, schools, and working conditions as well as her experiences with Culinary Union Local 226. She came to Las Vegas by car, the mode of transportation that became popular when the bus station allegedly stopped selling one-way tickets to Las Vegas to African American citizens. Apparently concerns had developed that the local labor supply would be depleted through out-migration. This migration continued over a number of years. Most migrants shared Lucille Bryant's motives; that is to improve her family's opportunities by earning enough money to better support the family. Thirty-one years of Lucille Bryant's career was spent in the linen room at the Stardust Hotel. She remained there that long because she loved the working environment. Lucille and her husband learned to love Las Vegas. They reared five children in the city. As a young couple, the Bryants took advantage of the Jackson Street nightlife and its entertainment.
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Source
F849.L35 B79 1997
Original Collection
Original Date (interview)
1995-12-13
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This material may be protected by copyright. Personal, including educational and academic, use of this material is without restriction; but acknowledgement of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University Libraries is requested whether the use is oral, web or in print. Commercial use of any portion of this material requires permission. For further information please contact Digital Collections: http://digital.library.unlv.edu/contact. This document is an oral history. It is a spoken account of certain events and phenomena recorded at one particular moment and filtered through one individual's life experience, sensibility, and memory. As such, it should be considered a primary source rather than a final, verified, or complete narrative of the events it records.
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University of Nevada Las Vegas
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2459 x 3210 pixels; 8.2 x 10.7 inches; 23,989,338 bytes; 81 images
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24 bit color; 300 ppi

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