Otis R. Anthony African Americans in Florida Oral History Project

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Interviewer

Anderson, Sherri

Publisher

University of South Florida Libraries

Date

2005-11-04

Publication Date

4-13-2011

Abstract

Oral history interview with West Tampa neighborhood leader Ruth McNair, the president of the West Riverfront Crime Watch Association. McNair was born in Marianna, Florida, in 1931 and was raised by her great-grandmother. As a child, she was a sharecropper on a cotton farm and left school after fifth grade. She moved to Tampa when she was sixteen and worked as a maid. She and her husband, the late Joe McNair, were married after he returned from the Korean War; they had three daughters and were married for fifty-three years. The family moved into their house in West Tampa in 1958, and McNair continues to live there. She frequented many of the businesses in West Tampa and occasionally went to Central Avenue, the primary African American business district. In this interview, McNair discusses the changes to West Tampa over the years that she has lived there, as well as her involvement with the Crime Watch Association.

Keywords

African Americans, Social life and customs, History, Florida, Tampa, West Tampa (Fla.)

Description

1 sound file (60 min.) : digital, MPEG4 file + ;

Subject: topical

African Americans--Florida--Tampa; African Americans--Social life and customs--Florida--Tampa; African Americans--History--Florida

Subject: geographic

West Tampa (Fla.)

Language

English

Type

Sound

Genre

Oral histories, Online audio

Format

audio/mp3

Notes

Interview conducted November 4, 2005. Interviewed by Sherri Anderson.

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Otis R. Anthony African Americans in Florida oral history project

Identifier

A31-00092

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