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Oral History


This oral history interview with Carolyn Francis was conducted by Kern Jackson in Mobile, Alabama about her experiences growing up in the Down the Bay neighborhood. Ms. Francis begins the interview discussing school integration in Mobile being led by students from Down the Bay such as Birdie Mae Davis and Henry Hobdy. She then describes the boundaries of the neighborhood as she understood them growing up, relates some family history, and talks about some of her mother’s experiences as a domestic worker. Ms. Francis describes some of the businesses that were near her home, and some of the social dynamics that defined community life. She talks about her mother’s activities in the Blue Army of St. Peter Claver, and offers some reflections on urban renewal Down the Bay. Ms. Francis also shares memories of attending Jackson State College (now University) when city and state police shot and killed students on May 15, 1970.

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