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Daisy Young Interviewee: New Orleans, Louisiana, 1980 October 25 [Box 139, Item 1, Side 1]
Dent, Thomas C.
Andrew Young's mother Daisy talks about her family's and New Orleans history in the 3rd and 4th Wards. Her career as a teacher and her husband's career as a dentist. Her brother Walter Fuller and father-in-law Frank Young. Rev. Nicholas Hood. Straight College, New Orleans University, Bienville School. Girod Cemetery. Central Congregational Church.
00:00 – Dent interviews Daisy Young, the mother of Andrew Young. She talks about the financial problems she and Dr. Andrew Young faced early in their marriage. She and the children accompanied him on trips with his traveling dental practice. Dr. A.E. [Andrew] McDonnell was the only other black dentist in Louisiana. Dr. Young handled the southern part of the state and McDonnell handled the north. Marcus [Newsteader?] worked Dr. Young’s assistant and Malcolm McDonnell worked as assistant to his brother, Dr. McDonnell. 03:55 – Dent asks some follow up on Dr. Young’s family in Franklin. They did not go back to Franklin after Dr. Young’s father died. She talks about the boys getting sodas at the drug store in Tallulah, LA. 05:45 – The Cleveland Avenue neighborhood. They were the only black family. The kids were sometimes called “nigger” and they would fight. Eddie Brown gave the boys boxing lessons to protect themselves. 09:30 – Other black people who lived in the neighborhood. There was a family on Conti Street. There were graduates of Straight College in the area. The Masons lived on Cleveland between Rocheblave and Dorgenois. [Crudups]. 12:00 – Recollections about the neighborhood grocery store. Irish families in the neighborhood. The white boy who lived above the grocery as offered a quarter by his aunt to stop playing with the Young brothers, but he declined. 14:15 – Walter had a friend named Ernest. They were close the way Andrew and Dent were. Daisy recalls Sunday walks down Canal Street to the river with the family. They would sometimes walk around the French Quarter. It was traumatic when the boys wanted to go into businesses that were whites only. 16:45 – She was worried when they would throw the screens out on the streetcar when they started going to Gilbert Academy. 17:20 – Straight College and New Orleans University (NOU). Northern professors at Straight were ostracized by the white community, but very dedicated teachers. 19:00 – Daisy’s family was from New Orleans. Straight’s high school. Dr. Young went to Southern first, and then transferred to Straight. Daisy attended after Dr. Young left. Differences between Straight and Dillard. 21:00 – She was raised in the 4th Ward. She lived on Johnson Street and moved to Prieur Street. She went to Bienville School. She went to teacher college at Straight, taught at Bienville School, and then at Albert Wicker School. Then she got married and had to resign. They needed her income, but they wanted to have children so they got married and bought the house on Cleveland Avenue, where Andrew was born. 25:00 – Black dentists were not common. Black people were not used to going to black doctors. Daisy’s sisters did not want her to get married because Dr. Young was not doing well financially. She saved her teaching money to put a down payment on a house. Her brother Walter (“Uncle Walt”) said that he would help her if she wanted to get married. 28:00 – They talked about their finances and the boys understood what they could and could not afford. Uncle Walt would give them things and take them for drives. 29:00 – White patients made up about 30% of Dr. Young’s practice. Patients would come at night, which they could not do today. [Recording ends 31:52, continues on Side 2.]
Young, Andrew, 1932-
New Orleans History
Tulane University Digital Library
Amistad Research Center
Audiocassette, mono. 16-bit
Box 139, Item 1, Side 1, Tom Dent collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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