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Document Details


Title: Ruth Ward and Nancy Luck
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 Ward and Nancy (Ward) Luck, two daughters of a Baptist minister who had pastored many of Esmont's residents between about 1935 and 1956, discuss their lives growing up together in Esmont. The two share their recollections of friends and relatives living in their neighborhood and discuss their experiences as young African-American women growing up in the segregated South. Through their descriptions of the commercial, educational, religious and governmental institutions they frequented (through necessity or by choice), the sisters reveals a world in which every aspect of their lives was effected by color lines and race-based restrictions. While Ms. Luck continued to live in Esmont throughout her entire life, Ms. Ward moved to New York in 1959, where she lived for 30 years. The sisters' memories reconverge in the late 1990s in Esmont, where they both live today.
URL: http://www.vcdh.virginia.edu/afam/raceandplace/transcripts/rward2.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 2001 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Ward, Ruth
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker race: Black
Document date: 14-Aug-2001
Interviewer: Jones, Bernie; Woodley, Deva
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: OHI0024815-26490