Personal data for Barbara Kirkland


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Personal data for Barbara Kirkland
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In 1946, Atha Toliver and her only child, twelve-year-old Barbara, stepped off the train from Shreveport, Louisiana and onto the dusty Western street of Fremont at The Plaza hotel in downtown Las Vegas. Narrator Barbara Bates Kirkland recalls that event and living in Las Vegas for most of the next seven decades during this 2004 interview. Later, the entrepreneurial and creative mother opened Eva’s Flower Basket, a floral shop that Barbara operates in her retirement from teaching. Barbara returned to Louisiana for her senior year in high school, attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, and then returned to Las Vegas to teach first grade at Westside School. Barbara was active in the community, was a founding member of Les Femmes Douze, involved with Zion United Methodist Church and was friends with many of the early African American community leaders at the time. She talks about these, describes various neighborhoods where she lived and about raising her own two children in Las Vegas.
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F850.N4.K57 2012
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