Interview: Ella Lee, June 15, 1984

Title

Interview: Ella Lee, June 15, 1984

Subject

African Americans--Economic conditions.
African American families
African Americans--Southern States.
African Americans--Employment.
African Americans--Social conditions.
Philadelphia (Pa.)--Social conditions.
African Americans--Conduct of life.
Race discrimination.
United States--Race relations.

Description

In this June 15, 1984 interview, Ella Lee (1891-1990) discusses her long and hard life as she travelled from her native Georgia north to Philadelphia during the First Great Migration. Recently widowed, Lee came with her children in 1929 from Jacksonville, Florida to Philadelphia, hoping for a better life and education for her children. Work as a domestic took her throughout New England, doing laundry and housework for white families. Unlike most of her African-American counterparts, Lee refuted the move North, stating “I would have done just as good” if she had stayed in the South.

Date

1984-06-15

Format

audio

Identifier

2014OH173GN025

Interviewer

Diane Turner

Interviewee

Ella Lee

Interview Keyword

Wages.
African Americans--Religion.
African American churches
African Americans--Housing.
African Americans--Genealogy.
Slavery--United States.
Lee County (Ga.)

Files

Ella_Lee_OH.jpg


Citation

“Interview: Ella Lee, June 15, 1984,” Goin' North, accessed December 16, 2019, http://goinnorth.org/items/show/1059.