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In this interview, Edward Henson is interviewed by Kern Jackson about his memories and reflections on the Down the Bay neighborhood of Mobile. Mr. Henson shares some of his family history, including land ownership outside of Mobile. He relates some of the traditions that he grew up with Down the Bay, such as May Day and plaiting the maypole. Mr. Henson attended Emerson Elementary School and Williamson High School, and shares some memories about each. He shares some thoughts on the moment when I-10 was being constructed, and the urban renewal process, and how both affected the Down the Bay community. After graduating high school, Mr. Henson went to Carver State Technical Training School, and then moved to New Jersey until 1974, when he returned to Mobile. He concludes by sharing some thoughts on the Down the Bay community, and the overall changes that he has seen over the years.

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