Bessie Yancey's Interview
Listen to and explore the curated OHMS index for Bessie Yancey's interview, created by Lauren McClusick in Spring 2016.
Born in Boykins, Virginia, Bessie Yancey (1898-1897) grew up on a farm where her family raised a variety of crops, including cotton and sugar corn. Yancey was the seventh of twelve children. During World War I when her older brothers went to fight in Europe, Bessie and her sisters and younger brothers worked the farm with their father. Disliking the corrupt business dealings her father encountered as a Black man in the South, she left for Philadelphia in 1918. There she worked as nursemaid for a White family and was an active member of a church.