Interview: Ernest Grey, July 12, 1984

Title

Interview: Ernest Grey, July 12, 1984

Subject

United States--Race relations.
African Americans--Segregation
Race discrimination.
African Americans--Employment.
African Americans--Social conditions.
Migration, Internal.
Philadelphia (Pa.)--Social conditions.
African Americans--Southern States.

Description

Born on Cat Island, South Carolina, sometime in the early 1890s Ernest Grey spent his childhood moving between family members in Georgia and South Carolina. Unable to read or even spell his last name, Grey came north on the free transportation offered by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1916 and after working briefly for the railroad, found jobs in Camden, New Jersey, and then, for 35 years, in a Philadelphia laundry. Grey did not return to South Carolina until 1982, when a church-sponsored trip enabled him to meet relatives he had not seen in close to 70 years.

Date

1984-07-12

Format

audio

Identifier

2014OH199GN051

Interviewer

Donna DeVore

Interviewee

Ernest Grey

Interview Keyword

World War, 1914-1918
Childhood
Racism
Philadelphia (Pa.)--Social life and customs.
African Americans--Social life and customs.

Files

grey_OH.jpg


Citation

“Interview: Ernest Grey, July 12, 1984,” Goin' North, accessed December 16, 2019, http://goinnorth.org/items/show/1079.