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Hughsey Childs


Hughsey Childs (1899-1986), a migrant from Abbeville, South Carolina, to Philadelphia during the late 1910s, recalls in this 1984 oral history interview details from his work, faith, career, and family. Drawing from personal experiences laboring in cotton fields and factories, encountering racism on a daily basis, and helping to create a new church, Childs is able to evoke the atmosphere of the era by narrating the stories of his rich tapestry of a life, which while distinct, shares similarities with many African Americans’ transitions during the years of the First Great Migration.