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Our Gathering Places Oral History Project: Interview with W. Harry Davis Sr.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: W. Harry Davis grew up in Minneapolis and is a musician. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Gathering places during the Depression; barbecues, pool halls and the night crowd. Local African American musicians and those who made it big. Description of shops and activities on 6th Avenue (now Olson Highway) and Lyndale, and generally along Lyndale. Conversion of Jewish synagogues to black churches. Phyllis Wheatley and other settlement houses as important center of organization and activity. Beginnings of Golden Gloves boxing, Silver Skis and Silver Skates. Major sponsors. Moonshiners. Gangs, then and now. African Americans in baseball and boxing. Personal experiences with Golden Gloves boxing. Joe Louis’s influence. The active 1930s and the beginning of the Aquatennial Celebration. His participation in drum and bugle corps. Other places to perform and engage in sports.
1 hour sound cassette
8 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
00:28:12 running time
Interviewee: Davis, W. Harry Sr.
Interviewer: Morehouse, Kari
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 100 (Library Call Number)
AV2003.65.6 (Accession Number)
MHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Our Gathering Places Oral History Project'