Personal data for Dell Ray Rhodes


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Personal data for Dell Ray Rhodes
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In the later 1930s, Dell Ray Rhodes’ grandmother and step-grandfather found better work opportunities Boulder City, Nevada, where the construction of Hoover Dam promised jobs. So they moved from Louisiana, leaving most their family behind. However, when the grandmother fell ill in 1950, Dell Ray’s mother wanted to nurse her and made what was to be a temporary visit to Las Vegas. As often happens, she remained and this is how three-year-old Dell Ray came to live in the Las Vegas area. Decades later, Dell Ray sat for this interview and recalled when her mother worked housekeeping in a list of Las Vegas’ early hotels. The family resided on the Westside where she attended Westside Elementary School, Madison Elementary School, Jim Bridger Middle School, and graduated from Rancho High School. Dell Ray tells of marrying young and working a variety of jobs between the births of her seven children. Among her jobs was being one of the first blacks to work in UNLV’s Registrar office and her final career was at the U.S. Post Office where she worked for about eight years until her retirement in 1995. During this interview, she discusses the early 1970s when civil rights was an uneasy topic in Las Vegas and school integration and the sixth grade plan were making waves.
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