Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Dolores Blackwell, December 11, 1982

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:01:35 - Meeting Henry Faulkner

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Partial Transcript: Hello?

Segment Synopsis: Blackwell describes how she became Henry Faulkner’s second mother in 1957, after his foster mother brutally mistreated him for being gay. She also talks about his prodigious love for animals.

Keywords: Animals; Camerino (Italy); Cherokees; Cosindas, Marie; Henry Faulkner; Homosexuality; Key West (Fla.); Mothers; Voodoo dolls

Subjects: Animals; Artists; Camerino (Italy); Cherokee Indians.; Cosindas, Marie; Faulkner, Henry; Faulkner, Henry, 1924-1981.; Homosexuality; Key West (Fla.); Mothers; Voodoo & Serano

GPS: Key West (Fla)
Map Coordinates: 24.555, -81.8022
00:09:21 - The pregnant goat

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Partial Transcript: I swear, I never saw anything but southern perfection in that man.

Segment Synopsis: Blackwell talks about taking care of Faulkner’s ranch while he went to Palm Beach (Fla.) to be in an art show. She then talks about getting him presentable to go to the art show when one of his pregnant goats goes into labor. After successfully delivering the goat, Blackwell was put in charge of a substantial sum of money for Faulkner, which he subsequently forgot that he gave to her.

Keywords: Bicycles; Birth; Business; Faulkner, Henry; Goats; Hearses; Labor; Midwives; Money; Paintings; Palm Beach (Fla.); Princess; Sex; Veterinarians

Subjects: Artists; Bicycles; Birth; Business; Faulkner, Henry; Faulkner, Henry, 1924-1981.; Goats; Hearses (Vehicles); Key West (Fla.); Labor.; Midwives; Money; Palm Beach (Fla.); Princess; Sex; Veterinarians

GPS: Key West (Fla.)
Map Coordinates: 24.555, -81.8022
00:18:23 - Legal papers

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Partial Transcript: Well, uh, I've got, could, could I write you a letter and, and ask you some questions and would it be--

Segment Synopsis: Blackwell describes her legal battle against a shopping center that led to her crossing the local mafia.

Keywords: Faulkner, Henry; Key Largo (Fla.); Law; Lawyers; Legal papers; Mafia; Shopping centers; University of Miami

Subjects: Artists; Faulkner, Henry; Faulkner, Henry, 1924-1981.; Key Largo (Fla.); Key West (Fla.); Law.; Lawyers; Mafia.; Shopping centers; University of Miami

GPS: Key West (Fla.)
Map Coordinates: 24.555, -81.8022
00:20:04 - Personal qualities

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Partial Transcript: Well what were you doing, uh, earlier, when, when Henry met you?

Segment Synopsis: Blackwell describes what she was up to when she met Henry Faulkner. She also talks about some her personal qualities, such as her refusal to conform. She then talks about Faulkner’s characteristics. Blackwell then talks about giving money to Manchester, Kentucky for a humane society in Faulkner’s honor.

Keywords: Biographies; Books; Conformity; Divorces; Drinking; Drugs; Friends; Governors; Humane Society; Intelligence; Kentucky; Money; Rockefeller family; Smoking

Subjects: Artists; Biographies.; Books; Conformity.; Divorced women.; Drinking; Drugs; Faulkner, Henry; Faulkner, Henry, 1924-1981.; Governors; Humane Society of the United States; Intelligence; Kentucky; Key West (Fla.); Money; Rockefeller family.; Smoking

GPS: Key West (Fla.)
Map Coordinates: 24.555, -81.8022