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Oral History RecordChristensen, Carrie (and "Buster" Stevens)
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Project: Local Oral History Project-Roske
Content: [Note: This entry comprises of two interviews conducted on the same day. Carre Christensen is present in both interviews. Her brother-in-law, Buster Stevens, contributes to the discussion in the first interview]. Both interviews provide observations of Las Vegas from an African American perspective. First Interview: Family history and migration to Las Vegas. Observations of living in Las Vegas before 1933. Segregation in Boulder city during the construction of the Hoover dam. No experience of segregation in Las Vegas until Hoover Dam was built. African America to a restaurant in Las Vegas. Grandfather was a scout for the US Calvery. Black Mormon heritage. Interaction with Native Americans. Life in the West during the early 20th century, focusing on cattle and horses. Religion and personal experiences of “finding” God. Westside and the Community. Union Pacific Railroad. Second Interview: Personal history and observations of life in Las Vegas. Religious beliefs. Influx of migrants during WWII changed the town. Drug activity in Las Vegas. Senior Citizen Action Group. Block 16. Changes in Las Vegas, 1933-74. Growth of the construction of churches, coinciding with WWII migration to the city. Condition of Westside before WWII. Grandmother born during slavery. Jim Crow and segregation. [Note: These interviews offer an insight as to where migrants to Las Vegas came from. There is a great deal of repetition during the first interview. Reading the transcript is recommended. The first interview has been transcribed on white paper and the second on yellow colored paper].