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OH125 Ananais Whittemore Oral History

Ananais Whittemore Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project - Lifestyles

Series Number: OH125

Interviewee: Whittemore, Ananias

Interviewer: Marable, A. C.

Date interviewed: November 14, 1979

Processed by: Tara Marcum

Date processed: July 25, 2011

Description: 1 sound disc (42 minutes)

Abstract: Ananias Whittemore discusses his childhood while growing up in a African American household in rural Graves County, Kentucky during the first half of the 20th century. He describes the segregated school he attended as a child, daily activities and working in the clay pit alongside his father. He explains the process of growing sugar cane and made making molasses. He began skimming and making molasses with his father at the age of five. He remembers selling molasses for twenty-five cents per gallon. After school, he began working in the clay pits at age fourteen where he worked ten hours a day making 18 cents an hour. He also worked at the local sawmill for a brief time. Whittemore also discusses the two churches that he served as a preacher for and his work in the ministry.

Biographical / Historical note: Ananias Whittemore was born near Boaz, Graves County, Kentucky to Willie Dock and Caroline Tennie Whittemore. His father was a minister at Shelton Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church and a farmer. He attended elementary school at Shelton Chapel until the eighth grade when he began working in the clay pit. At the time of the interview he had preached at two different churches for close to fifty years.

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Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Whittemore, Ananais

Graves County (Ky.) – History.

Shelton's Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church (Boaz, Ky)

African Americans – Kentucky – Graves County.

African American Methodist Episcopalians