Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Helen Muir, August 13, 1992

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:03 - Personal background

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Partial Transcript: This is a oral history interview with--let me--(inaudible)--get your full name.

Segment Synopsis: Helen Muir discusses her personal background living as a farmer's wife.

Keywords: Adams School (Tenn.); Anderson Sanders Farm; Equipment; Family; Farming; Gardening; Gracey (Ky.); Helen Muir; High school; John Gunn Farm; Keysburg (Ky.); Kissimmee (Fla.); Louisville (Ky.); Mable Browder; Noah Browder; Sharecropping; Tobacco crops; Tobacco pegs; Tobacco setters; Todd Farm (Tenn.); Walter Browder

Subjects: African American farmers; African Americans--Social conditions; African Americans--Social life and customs; Agriculture

00:09:53 - Family and marriage

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Partial Transcript: Who did you visit with?

Segment Synopsis: Muir discusses how she moved back to the farm, her family, and her marriage.

Keywords: Baking; Church; Cows; Gardening; Hogs; Household duties; Livestock; Marriage; Sharecropping

Subjects: African American families; African American farmers; African Americans--Social life and customs; Agriculture

00:20:09 - Children

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Partial Transcript: And when were you--when did you have your first child then?

Segment Synopsis: Muir discusses her marriage, children and their jobs.

Keywords: Children; Day work; Farm hands; Farming; Greg Muir; High school; Inheritance; James Muir; Louisville (Ky.); Marriage; Michelle Muir; Russell Muir; Toyota Motor Corporation; Walter Lee Muir; Wills

Subjects: African American families; African American farmers; African Americans--Education; African Americans--Social life and customs

00:29:37 - Caring for crops

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Partial Transcript: Um, well how has the farm changed over the years since you've been here?

Segment Synopsis: Muir describes how they cared for their crops, and talks about farming accidents.

Keywords: Accidents; Canning; Cattle; Community; Corn combines; Gardening; Hopkinsville (Ky.); Land; Machines; Milk cows; Nashville hospital; Pesticides; Soybean crops; Tobacco; Tractors; Wheat crops

Subjects: African American farmers; African Americans--Health and hygiene; African Americans--Social life and customs; Agriculture

GPS: Hopkinsville (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 36.854722, -87.488889
00:39:48 - Older farmers

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Partial Transcript: So you'd moved up here say, you moved up here in '57 you'd said.

Segment Synopsis: Muir discusses what it's like to be an older farmer caring for their land.

Keywords: Bob Muir; Doctors; Farming; High school; Home economics; Hospitals; Louisville (Ky.); Michelle Muir; Schools; Tobacco setters

Subjects: African American farmers; African Americans--Education; African Americans--Health and hygiene; African Americans--Social life and customs; Agriculture; Technology

GPS: Louisville (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.25, -85.766667
00:50:13 - Homemakers club / community

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Partial Transcript: What about, uh, the community. What community would you say you belong to? What community--

Segment Synopsis: Muir describes her involvement with the community.

Keywords: Allensville (Ky.); Community; Farming; Homemakers clubs; Inheritance; Rachel Davis Hopkins; Wills

Subjects: African American farmers; African Americans--Social life and customs; Agriculture

GPS: Allensville (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 36.715833, -87.07