Transcript of interview with Mustafa Richards by Claytee D. White on March 10, 2013. Richards arrived in Las Vegas in 1976 and worked for 25 years at the Imperial Palace, where at one time he was the only black bellman. He is the imam at the Masjid as-Sabur in Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas African American Community Conversations is a four part, one hour round table conversation with local Las Vegans. They share their powerful stories and great history, with topics ranging from “Migration, Civil Rights, Education, Church, Entertainment and the Early Legal Community”. Part Two: A conversation about “Education, Economy and Integration” MODERATOR- Sonya Horsford Ed.D. PANELISTS- Dr. Esther Langston (Professor UNLV) Verlia Davis-Hoggard (Director of Clark County Social Services-Retired) Idan M. Gaines (Regional Representative for Senator Harry Reid) Dr. Linda Young (President-CCSD Board of Trustees)
From the Mabel Hoggard Papers (MS-00565) -- Personal papers file. This funeral book from Palm Mortuaries and Memorial Parks, Las Vegas, is in memory of Mabel W. Hoggard. It contains religious quotes, poems, and signatures from family and friends. The book notes that services were held at Zion United Methodist Church.
Sherrill and Samuel Coleman moved to Las Vegas during the 1990s after both enjoying a full life and numerous careers in other parts of the United States. They met each other through church in 1998 and married each other in April 1999. Now retired, both Samuel and Sherrill remain active in their church community. Samuel Coleman was born in Durant, Mississippi in 1928 to a sharecropping family. His father died when he was 13 months old, leaving his mother to raise seven children by herself. Over time, his family slowly migrated to Chicago and he joined them when he was 15. For eight months, Samuel worked a number of different jobs until he began to work for Burlington Railroad as a four cook. The United States Army drafted him in 1951 and sent him overseas to work in a motor pool for a military hospital in Korea, despite his status as a conscientious objector. At war’s end, he returned to work for Burlington. During his last 17 years with the railroad, Samuel successfully petitioned to join the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the union for railroad cooks, porters, and waiters, to improve the working and sleeping conditions at Burlington Railroad. He retired from the railroads in the 1970s and chose to pursue other careers. Until his official retirement in 1993, Samuel worked in real estate, as the owner of a liquor store, a firefighter, a restaurant inspector, and a deacon for his church. His daughter from his first wife moved to Vegas to pursue a career as a teacher and after a number of visits, Samuel decided to follow her in 1999. Sherrill Coleman was born in Newton, Kansas in 1941. Like many other African American women in her community, she worked as a housekeeper for a number of years. She and her first husband moved to Los Angeles County in 1964 where she took a temporary job in the elections department of the local government. In 1967, Sherrill became a file clerk for Los Angeles County’s Department of Public Social Services. By the time she left the department, she was middle management in the auditing department. She moved to Vegas in 1993.
Folder of materials from the Mabel Hoggard Papers (MS-00565) -- Personal papers file. This file contains religious booklets, programs, newspaper clippings, and other documents. Represented in the materials are records from: Griffith United Methodist Church, Church Women United of Greater Las Vegas, Zion Methodist Church, Clark County Protestant Ministerial Association, and Desert Southwest Conference of the United Methodist Church.