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OH027 Leslie White Oral History

Leslie White Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project - World War I

Series Number: OH027

Interviewee: White, Leslie 1896-

Interviewers: Bill Peyton

Date interviewed: September 27, 1979

Processed by: Sheree Wise

Date processed: February 9, 2010

Description: 1 sound disc (33 minutes)

Abstract: Leslie Lee White was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1896. He received his education at Lincoln School in Paducah, Kentucky. White discusses the problems encountered by African-American during the early half of the 20th Century. In 1916, he departed Paducah for New York City where he hoped to find employment. He comments on the war, volunteering for service, boot camp and the transatlantic voyage to France. He was assigned to the 520th Engineers. His convoy was attacked by a German submarine on the way to France. He recalls the submarine being sunk by an escort ship with the fleet. After the war, White returned to Paducah where he married Maybell Williams. He also mentions his grandmother, who was a slave and her experiences.

Biographical / Historical note: Leslie Lee White was born in Little Rock, Arkansas then relocated with his family to Paducah, Kentucky. When he was twenty he traveled to New York City in hopes of finding employment. It was in New York that he enlisted in the United States Army. He traveled overseas on a ship called the U.S.S. Great Northern. White was assigned to Company B, 520th Engineers and was stationed at Brest, France.

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Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Paducah, Kentucky

Little Rock, Arkansas

New York City, New York

U.S.S. Great Northern

520th Engineers

Brest, France

Research Notes: Abstract and index included with oral history.