Oral history interview with S. Edward Hall
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: S. Edward Hall was born in Batavia, Illinois, in 1878. He came to St. Paul in 1900 and operated a barbershop downtown for sixty-two years. He was active in St. Paul community life and was a founder of the St. Paul Urban League. Hall died in October of 1975. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Family background, social life and race relations in Elgin, Illinois, in the 1890s. Stories told by ex-slaves on his grandparents' front porch. His wife's family background. St. Paul social life early in the century. Lodges, prostitution, jobs for blacks, black churches, Robert Hickman, areas of black settlement in St. Paul, the Hallie Q. Brown and the Martin Luther King community centers, and changes in St. Paul's black population since 1900. Mention of "blue vein" society. Slave song Hall learned as a boy. COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: More a narrative than an interview. Much valuable information concerning black family life and the black community in St. Paul.
Quantity 8.5 hours sound cassette
9 pages interview summary
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 08:05:45 running time
Creation Interviewee: Hall, S. Edward
Interviewer: Trimble, Steve
Made in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 10/18/1972 - 11/03/1972
(Interviews conducted 10/18, 10/20, 10/25, 10/30, 11/1 and 11/3/1972.)
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 53
Accession Number AV1997.223
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