Click here for the Home Page Click here for the Home Page Click here for the Home Page Click here for the Home Page Click here for the Home Page Click here for the Home Page Click here for the Home Page Click here for the Home Page Click here for the Home Page Click here for the Home Page Click here for the Home Page Click here for the Home Page Click here for the Home Page

Document Details


Title: Ruth Brooks
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Virginia. Carter G. Woodson Institute. Virginia Center for Digital History
Collection: Esmont Oral Histories
Description: Ruth Brooks was born in Esmont in 1928 to the Gardner family (see her sister's interview, Jettie F. Gardner-Hardy) and has lived there all her life. She recalls the daily chores she and her seven siblings performed, including going to the spring with other neighborhood children to collect water for washing; they played, talked and joked along the way. Brooks recounts numerous play activities while growing up, especially the sports at school and sometimes against other schools. She tells of her experience with polio and describes various home remedies her family used to treat minor illnesses. Brooks joined the Household of Ruth, a social organization, at age 16, and was a member up until last year. She received her degree in cosmetology at St. Paul's Institute and started the first and only beauty salon in Esmont. She names other black owned stores that have existed in Esmont. Brooks says her family did some shopping in Charlottesville but she especially remembers making dresses out of the pretty material of feed bags. Brooks discusses how the ministers of her church have changed their style over the years. She and her husband Edward were among the few parents who sent their children to Scottsville school as part of the "Freedom of Choice" movement toward desegregation.
URL: http://www.vcdh.virginia.edu/afam/raceandplace/transcripts/rbrooks.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 2002 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Brooks, Ruth, 1928-
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker date of birth: 1928
Speaker place of birth: Esmont, VA; Virginia; United States; North America
Speaker race: Black
Age at speaking: 74
Document date: 21-Feb-2002
Interviewer: Lawrence, Sarah
Locations discussed: North America; United States; Virginia
Topics discussed - ASP terms: African Americans--Segregation; Community; North America; Oral history; Race relations; Racism; United States; Virginia
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0024806-26539