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Audio recording clip of interview with Katherine Duncan and Sarann Knight Preddy by Claytee D. White, November 28, 2004

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Part of an interview with Katherine Duncan and Sarann Knight Preddy (not featured in clip) by Claytee White, November 28, 2004. Duncan describes how she started a black heritage tour of Las Vegas.

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Katherine Duncan and Sarann Preddy oral history interivew, 2004 November 11. OH-00499. [Audio recording] Oral History Research Center, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las


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So now I own the travel agency. I've gone to Africa. I'm leaning more towards the west Las Vegas community because I'm excited about it. My office manager was German, blond hair, blue eyes. I had invited her over to my house one day. I lived on Lake Mead and when I told her that I lived on Lake Mead, she automatically thought it was West Lake Mead. So she got lost on the Westside trying to find my house because she didn't know I lived... So when she finally got to me, she said, "I went into an area of town that I've never been into before. I thought I was in Africa. And everybody was looking at me like what the hell is she doing over here?" I said, "Well, did anybody treat you badly?" She goes, "No. They were just looking at me, and they're so surprised that I'm in this neighborhood." I said, "Well, you know what? What did you think about the neighborhood?" She said, "It's exciting. It's wonderful over there." She said, "I felt like I'm driving down an avenue in Africa." I said, "That's it. We're going to do a black heritage tour of Las Vegas." So that's what I started out of my travel agency, a black cultural tour of Las Vegas. What did it include? The history of black people in Las Vegas. We would pick the groups up from their hotels. We would tell them about how Nevada became a state, how it went through the mining era, through the trappers and brought them right up through the gold mines and talked about black people's involvement in all of those different industries, right up to the entertainment history. And the highlight of the tour was the Moulin Rouge. Then we took them to a soul food lunch and we got them back to their hotel.