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Oral History


Acc #: 328; JLFT 010

In this recording, Lancie Thomas is interviewed by John Beebee and Sheila Flanagan about John LeFlore and the Civil Rights Movement in Mobile, Alabama. The interview begins with Ms. Thomas discussing her and her husband’s work in founding the Mobile Beacon newspaper in Mobile’s Down the Bay neighborhood, and John LeFlore’s visits to the Beacon on his mail route. Ms. Thomas was in Tuscaloosa when Autherine Lucy attempted to integrate the University of Alabama, and she describes the work she did to support Ms. Lucy at that time, including helping to orchestrate community protective details to keep her safe when white people rioted and drove her from campus. She concludes the interview with reflections on Mr. LeFlore’s legacy.

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