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Audio recording clip of interview with Alma Whitney by Claytee D. White, March 3, 1996

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Alma talks about the 2-3 day long car ride from Tallulah, LA to Las Vegas in 1952.

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Alma Whitney oral history interviews, 1996 March 03, 1996 May 28. OH-01972. [Audio recording] Oral History Research Center, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las


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The car ride from Tallulah here, did you stop along the way to eat? No. I didn't stop to eat. The only thing we stopped for was gas because I had my own food. At that time, you couldn't stop, you know, no place, you know, and buy food, not blacks because it wasn't even in a place that you could stop and sleep. If you wanted to drive on, you know, pull off the side of the road, you could nap between that time. Other than that, there wasn't any place you could stop and get food or sleep. Martin Luther King broke the ice for us to be able to sit in restaurants on the same side with whites, also, use the same bathrooms and so forth. How many people were in the car with you coming out here? It was four of us. It was two men and myself and the driver. Well, I was the only woman. So, did all of, everybody help drive? No, just Mr. Willis Minor. That was his car and he did all the driving. So, did you stop and sleep along the way? No, he just stopped and gassed up and he would just, I mean, start right back on his journey. How long was the trip, how many days? Well, it was like from two to three days to get here because at that time there wasn't a freeway. It was just like a two lane highway.