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Mrs. Armeta Duncan, April 4, 1974

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Creator:Duncan, Armeta
Title:Mrs. Armeta Duncan, April 4, 1974
Date:1974 Apr. 4

Oral history interview with Mrs. Armeta Duncan of Butte, Montana.

TAPE 1, SIDE A: 1 - 4 Born in Virginia near where Lee surrendered. Story of her aunt being visited by Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant. Family background. 4 - 7

She traveled from Philadelphia with a couple as a servant in 1905. She stayed in Butte because she met her future husband. 7 - 10 She worked at the Four Jacks Club as a waitress. Other jobs. Two black churches when she moved to Butte, a Methodist and a Baptist. Other Negro social clubs. 10 - 14 Black businesses. Blacks were employed throughout the city. Frank Castle, the black policeman. 14 - 20 Well-known blacks in Butte. Her family and their accomplishments. She maintains contact with relatives in Virginia. 21 - 27 Other black families in Butte. Sports activities. Black baseball team. Black musicians. Charlie Pride is from Montana. 27 - 29 NAACP Chapter in town. 29 - 30 Her husband was a foot specialist.

TAPE 1, SIDE B: 0 - 2 She talks about her husband's work. She reads from an article about him. 2 - 5 Jobs other blacks had in town--janitors, waiters, porters. Many were personal servants of wealthy mine owners. 5 - 10 The black servants were generally well-treated by their white employers. Names of some of the rich families. Blacks who worked in local government. 10 - 12 Why black people moved out of Butte. Many went to work in the shipping yards in WW II. 12 - 14 Blacks in surrounding areas. Publications they read to keep up with black activities in other places. Her daughter talks a bit about working for the Amsterdam News. 14 - 19 Blacks interactions with other minorities in Butte. Other black newspapers. 19 - 23

Feelings about living in Butte. Her daughter also talks about life in Butte.

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Subjects:Duncan, Armeta | Duncan, Miss | Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870 | Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885 | Castle, Frank, policeman | Pride, Charley | Duncan, Dr. | Oral history--United States | Family--History--Virginia | African Americans--Montana--Butte | African Americans--Social conditions--20th century | Butte (Mont.)--Social conditions--20th century | Community life--Montana--Butte | African Americans--Employment--Montana | Domestics--Montana--Butte | Four Jacks Club (Butte, Mont.) | Four Jacks Club (Butte, Mont.)--Employees | Waitresses--Montana--Butte | Job vacancies--Montana--Butte | African American churches--Montana--Butte | Churches--Montana--Butte | African Americans--Religion | African American Baptists--Montana--Butte | Baptists--Montana--Butte | African American Methodists--Montana--Butte | Methodists--Montana--Butte | Clubs--Montana--Butte | Societies--Montana--Butte | Social groups--Montana--Butte | African Americans--Societies, etc. | African American business enterprises--Montana--Butte | Business enterprises--Montana--Butte | African American businesspeople--Montana--Butte | Businesspeople--Montana--Butte | African American police--Montana--Butte | Police--Montana--Butte | Singers--Montana--Butte | African American singers--Montana--Butte | Musicians--Montana--Butte | African American musicians--Montana--Butte | African Americans--Music | Entertainment events--Montana--Butte | African American entertainers--Montana--Butte | Entertainers--Montana--Butte | African Americans--Recreation | Recreation--Montana--Butte | Sports--Montana--Butte | African Americans--Sports | African American athletes--Montana--Butte | Athletes--Montana--Butte | African American baseball players--Montana--Butte | Baseball players--Montana--Butte | Baseball teams--Montana--Butte | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Butte Chapter | African Americans--Civil rights--Montana--Butte | Civil rights--Montana--Butte | Podiatry--Montana--Butte | Podiatrists--Montana--Butte | Foot--Diseases--Montana--Butte | African American physicians--Montana--Butte | Physicians--Montana--Butte | Janitors--Montana--Butte | Porters--Montana--Butte | Waiters--Montana--Butte | Rich people--Montana--Butte | Mines and mineral resources--Ownership--Montana--Butte | Ownership--Montana--Butte | Butte (Mont.)--Officials and employees | Shipyards--Montana--Butte | Shipbuilding industry--Employees | World War, 1939-1945 | World War, 1939-1945--African Americans | Amsterdam news | African American newspapers--Montana | Newspapers | African Americans--Periodicals | African Americans--Relations with Indians | Montana--Race relations | Butte (Mont.)--Race relations | Race relations | Butte (Mont.) | Silver Bow County (Mont.)
Collection:Black Oral History Collection
Institution:Washington State University's Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Contributors:Washington State University. Library. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
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Black Oral History Interviews, 1972-1974, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University

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