Interview with Clarence D. Madison, November 5th, 1982

Accession Number:
1982OH153 KH 204
Clarence D. Madison
Gerald Smith
Interview Date: 
Friday, November 5th, 1982

Born in Anderson, Indiana, Mr. Madison came to Lexington in 1959. He reminisces about his entertainment career, especially in the night clubs on Deweese Street. He recalls that Deweese Street was known as "Negro Alley" and "Do As You Please" Street during the 1940's and the 1950's, and mentions other night life available for African American citizens during this time period. Mr. Madison discusses race relations in Lexington's music business in the 1940's and 1950's, Local 635 of the African American Musicians Union, and employment opportunities for African Americans at this time. Of particular interest to Mr. Madison was the influence of the Muslim religion upon Lexington between 1940 and 1950, and the existence of African American bands. Mr. Madison compares living conditions and standards in Lexington in 1940 with those of 1980, and remarks upon the effects of segregation in African American businesses.


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