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 for the air force, and his son lives in Euclid, where he is a computer analyst. His ex-wife now resides in Willoughby Hills.
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The interviews in this series resulted from an initiative spearheaded by Campus District Inc. to document stories in conjunction with the planned closure of the high-rise building in the Cedar Estates housing project. Jane Addams High School students learned oral history techniques alongside CSU interviewers.