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OH102 Alice J. Curd Oral History

Alice J. Curd Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project - Lifestyles

Series Number: OH102

Interviewee: Curd, Alice J.

Interviewer: Bates, Mary

Date interviewed: November 2, 1979

Processed by: Tara Marcum

Date processed: May 17, 2011

Description: 1 sound disc (18 minutes)

Abstract: Alice Jordan Curd discusses attending segregated schools and African American churches in Paducah, Kentucky during the 1920s and 1930s. She mentions the Reverend J. W. Hawkins of the Washington Street congregation, recalls the flood of 1937 and the effects of the Great Depression.

Biographical / Historical note: Alice J. Curd was born in Paducah, Kentucky. She resided in the African American community on Washington Street. She was member of the Washington Street Church and attended Garfield Elementary School and Lincoln High School. During the flood of 1937, she was evacuated and lived with relatives in Mayfield, Kentucky. She married in 1938 and moved to Almo, Kentucky. She and her husband moved to Murray, Kentucky in 1940. While in Murray she attended St. John Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and was on the entertainment committee. When her husband passed in 1959, Curd moved back to Paducah.

General information: No user access to original recordings. Use audio user copies, digital derivatives, transcripts, and/or tape indexes. This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Permission for reproduction must be requested from Murray State University.

Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Curd, Alice J.

Paducah, (Ky.) – History.

Mayfield, (Ky.)

Almo, (Ky.)

Murray, (Ky.)

Garfield Elementary School (Paducah, Ky.)

Lincoln High School (Paducah, Ky.)

Washington Street Church (Paducah, Ky.)

St. John Baptist Church (Murray, Ky.)

African Americans – Kentucky – Paducah.