Friday, August 19, 2011

"I lift my hands and give God thanks at working in the shade"


My aunt Lucille is featured in this Las Vegas Review Journal article about black women working in Las Vegas during the 1950s and 1960s (in reaction to the release of The Help). Lucille came to Vegas from Tallulah, LA when she was 23 years old; she, like my dad, made money as a child picking cotton in the fields.

3 comments:

Molly said...

Thank you for sharing! I enjoyed hearing all their perspectives. I've been meaning to read The Help for a while now, but I haven't had much time to sit down and read. Definitely going to read it before I see the movie.

(Side note: LOVE the flower in your aunt's hair.)

Brenda said...

That was so interesting! I loved your Aunt - totally agree with Molly, what a great flower. Thanks, Mad!

madichan said...

Oh man, my dad's family has SO many awesome stories about Vegas history; everyone came over from Louisiana around the late 1950's and have been here ever since.

My aunt, being the good church lady that she is, always brings it in terms of fashion :)