Browse Interviews 9 total

  • Collection: Cedar Central

David Jolley tells about his past growing up in Cleveland and living in the Central neighborhood. Jolley touches upon what he used to do during his youth and makes comparisons of the people and places back when he was younger to how things are today.
Subjects: Oral History

Carol Malone, a current Central resident, recalls her past growing up in Glenville and Shaker. She describes her family life and what predominately African American neighborhoods were like at a young age and compares them to today. Also, she describes the businesses and the people who lived in the Central neighborhood and either the businesses or…

Carlyle Garner shares his memories of growing up in Central and talks about the types of businesses and places for entertainment he used to go to while living in the neighborhood.

Frank Kidd Jr., born in 1935, has been a resident of Cleveland his whole life. His parents were originally from the south (Alabama and Mississippi), but moved to Cleveland to seek refuge from the brutal racism that still lingered post-slavery. Kidd lived most of his childhood with his grandmother, as his father served in the army. He looks fondly…

Leroy Cowan has lived in various areas around Cleveland. After he got married and had children, Cowan was forced to move a few times—once because his children’s school was shut down, another in 1959, when he got a divorce from his wife. Both of his children are now married with kids of their own. His daughter lives on the east coast and volunteers…
Subjects: family Oral History

Melvin Walker was born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 22, 1943. He moved to the area in 1962 with his wife and 2 children (they later had 4 together) after he graduated from Glenville High School in 1961. Walker’s parents were originally from Mississippi and migrated north to find work. Since then, Walker has traveled to many different places and has…

James Lanese discusses growing up in Lyndurst and attending private school in Cleveland. Lanese also shares information about his teaching career in a vocational program, and his involvement in the desegreation of Cleveland City Schools.

Gleason had some experiences with the civil rights movement. Though he’s mixed, he did manage to attend the only Catholic Church (and the affiliated school) in Cleveland that welcomed people of any race. He witnessed Martin Luther King speak on two separate occasions—once in Cleveland and once in Washington D.C., where he participated in a march…

Carol Malone talks to a high school class about her past and present experiences as a Cleveland resident. The interview is more of a question and answer session with Malone and the students. Along with the students asking questions, Malone also gives them advice that she followed which helped her have a successful school career.