Lillie McKnight's Interview
Listen to and explore the curated OHMS index for Lillie McKnight's interview, created by Lauren McClusick in Spring 2016.
Lillie McKnight (1894-1996) grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, with a single mother, where several generations of her family worked in domestic service for a White superintendent of cotton mills. She moved with two friends to Philadelphia in 1925 as a means of providing her children with better opportunities in the North, although she initially left her children in the South until she earned enough money to bring them north. She recounts working as a live-in domestic servant in a home of a Jewish family for many years. Throughout the interview, she discusses the importance of responsibility and faith, the hallmarks of her life.