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Collection: Oral History
Oral History: Laura Thompson
This is an oral history transcription of an interview between Reverend Laura Thompson and Lacy Offut. Thompson was the first independent female pastor in the Shoals area.
Oral History: Robert Lee Johnson
Robert Lee Johnson gives an oral history of his life in Florence.
Oral History: Bettie Hooks
Bettie Hooks gives an oral history of her life and career as a beautician.
Oral History: Anita Cobb
Anita Cobb gives an oral history of the Mt. Zion A.M.E. church and talks about living in Florence during the 1940s and 50s.
Oral History: Hazel Johnson
Hazel Johnson gives an oral history of Dick Howell's BBQ, from its founding in 1947 to the current day.
Oral History: Jo Ford
Jo Ford recounts her career as a nurse practitioner and recruiter for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).
Oral History: Rachel Williams
Rachel Williams tells of her life growing up in Florence, going to a mostly white school, and her life in Illinois compared to her life in Alabama.
Oral History: Sam Brewer, part I
Sam Brewer tells of some of the Florence athletes who have gained regional acclaim, and of his experiences playing golf in West Florence.
Oral History: Dave Smith
Dave Smith recounts his life growing up on the West Side of Florence when Florence was legally segregated, his work experiences at TVA, and his political involvement with the city.
Oral History: Joe Duster
Joe Duster tells of his experience as the first African American firefighter in the city of Florence.