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Andrew Young Interviewee: Atlanta, Georgia, 1980 November 24 [Box 139, Item 2, Side 1]
Young, Andrew, 1932-
Dent, Thomas C.
Topics include: Young on growing up in New Orleans, Gilbert Academy, Cleveland Avenue, Dryades YMCA in New Orleans, and Butler Street YMCA in Atlanta. Sunday school and Valena C. Jones School. Artisan Chauffield Perrault and Central Congregational Church. The Southerner train.
00:00 – Tom Dent interviews Andrew Young. The Young family’s move from Cleveland Avenue to the house on Annette Street. They moved in his last year at Gilbert Academy. He was living across the street from Dillard University when he attended as a freshman. He recalls working in the yard at the new house with his father. 02:20 – He talks about the house being built. His parents looked forward to the home and saved the money to build it. His mother Daisy was careful with money. His wife Jean is good with money too. 07:30 – Dent asks about how the Youngs chose the particular block the new house would be built on. Young’s friends lived uptown and downtown, so the move was closer to some of his friends. He liked the house, but never had strong feelings about it. He is now surprised by how small the house on Cleveland Avenue was. The city of New Orleans seems smaller than it did to him as a young person. 09:57 – Central Congregational Church. Young’s mother taught Sunday school, which Young enjoyed. 12:00 – Young remembers his mother insisting he play “Happy Birthday” at church for Reverend Homes’ birthday, but he did not play. He questioned stories in Sunday School. 14:10 – The building of the new church on Bienville. Chauffield Perrault was the master bricklayer in New Orleans and volunteered to work on the church. Young volunteered to help him. It was customary for artisans to teach young men the trade. 17:24 – Young talks about riding The Southerner train to and from Howard University with other students. 24:20 – Dent asks about particular experiences during the trip along the train route. Young says he looked forward to the trip and talking to girls from Bennett College on the train. He recalls cuddling with a young woman who fell asleep on the train. When he kissed her the next day, she hit him. 27:20 – Neighbors in the Cleveland Avenue neighborhood were white, so he and his brother learned to deal with white people. He recalls shops in the neighborhood where they were treated well. Valena C. Jones School was where he learned to live with poor black people. They had overcome class tensions by the time they got to Gilbert Academy. [Recording ends 31:47, continues on Side 2.]
Young, Andrew, 1932-
New Orleans History
Tulane University Digital Library
Amistad Research Center
Audiocassette, mono. 16-bit
Box 139, Item 2, Side 1, Tom Dent collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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