Interview with Sam Vorkpor, June 27, 2014

Project: African Immigrants in the Bluegrass Oral History Project

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Born in a rural village in Lofa County, Liberia as one of seven children, Sam Vorkpor decided in sixth grade that he wanted to be a medical doctor and must be academically strong to achieve that goal. He graduated as valedictorian from secondary school and received a scholarship to the University of Liberia and to medical school, graduating in 1989. When the Liberian civil war began in 1990 he took refuge briefly in the USIS compound. From 1991 to 1995 he worked in Liberia with Doctors without Borders and Church World Service. In 1995 he came to Pecos, Texas and subsequently gained asylum. His wife and family came to the US in 1997. He then completed a MS in Public Health at Meharry Medical College and a residency there in preventive medicine. After a second residency in family medicine at University of Connecticut in Hartford, he worked in rural Virginia for several years. He and his family moved to Lexington in 2013. He presently practices clinical medicine at Manchester Memorial Hospital in Clay County.

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2015oh195_aitb016

Interviewee Name

Sam Vorkpor

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Jack Wilson

Interview Date

2014-06-27

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Vorkpor, Sam Interview by Jack Wilson. 27 Jun. 2014. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Vorkpor, S. (2014, June 27). Interview by J. Wilson. African Immigrants in the Bluegrass Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Vorkpor, Sam, interview by Jack Wilson. June 27, 2014, African Immigrants in the Bluegrass Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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