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OH104 Marjorie Shroat Dunn Oral History

Marjorie Shroat Dunn Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project - Lifestyles

Series Number: OH104

Interviewee: Dunn, Marjorie Shroat

Interviewer: Anderson, Margaret R.

Date interviewed: November 17, 1988

Processed by: Tara Marcum

Date processed: May 24, 2011

Description: 1 sound disc (37 minutes)

Abstract: Marjorie Shroat Dunn discusses her experiences as child through to adulthood in Murray, Kentucky from the 1930s to the 1970s. Marjorie recalled when the city first paved the roads and how community members helped pay for the road construction. She discusses life in Murray and the many changes that took place over time. She mentions segregated schools and how many black students in the Murray attended Kentucky State University. During the Second World War, Marjorie describes increases in food prices and instances where there was no food at local stores. She also recalls the lack of young men in college due to the draft. She concludes by discussing the effects of Great Depression on the community and her father's business.

Biographical / Historical note: Marjorie Shroat Dunn was a lifelong resident and business woman from Murray, Kentucky. Her father owned local businesses and her mother was a homemaker. Her father owned and rented property in the city as well as selling meat products and scrap iron. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Murray. She attended local public schools and graduated Murray High School in 1940. After graduation she began to work at the Bank of Murray and attended Murray State College (presently Murray State University). In 1945, she graduated and received a degree in business administration. She first married in 1940 but her husband died of a heart attack five years later. She remarried in 1971 to Felix Dunn and nine years later he died.

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:

Dunn, Marjorie Shroat

Calloway County (Ky.) – History.

Murray (Ky.) – History.

First Baptist Church (Murray, Ky.)

Murray State University – History.

Bank of Murray (Murray, Ky.)