ELDER STORIES

The tradition of oration is preserved for the next generation. African-Americans aged 60 and older from Dallas and the greater Southwest tell the memories, ruminations, and revelations of their lives up to the year 1979.
The most pivotal moments of American history are reflected in each and every story.
This growing archive will inspire a new generation of storytelling and art production straight from our roots and history. 

 

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Dallas Public Library
Civil Rights Era Memories
Conducted by Dr. Marvin Dulaney
2011

The History Makers, Chicago
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Texas Makers
 

 

My Grandmother, Mrytle Rollerson (b. 1918), speaks about Grandpa Lloyd Rollerson's experiences during the Tulsa Race Riots of the 1920s as a youth. 
 

 
 
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Grandpa Lloyd Reed Rollerson aka ‘Doc Rollerson’ owned two pharmacies in the Greenwood District of Tulsa. 
See him on the cover of the book 'Images of of America: Tulsa's Historic Greenwood District' by Hannibal Johnson, published by Arcadia Publishing.