Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Severa Miyares Jacobs, May 18, 2019

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:01 - Overview of Charles Manuel Miyares' early life

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Partial Transcript: Okay, good morning I'm Yvonne Giles and we are here this morning to interview a--I'm going to say young lady, at heart, uh,about her father's, uh, career in the horse racing industry for the Chronicle of African Americans.

Segment Synopsis: Jacobs discusses her father's immigration to the United States and what she found about his early career in the horse industry.

Keywords: Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Grooms; Havana, Cuba; Hot Springs, Arkansas; Immigration; Nationality; New Orleans, Louisiana; Old Latonia (Racetrack); Specialty

Subjects: African American horsemen and horsewomen; African Americans in horse racing; Chicago (Ill.); Detroit (Mich.); Early life; Emigration and immigration.; Havana (Cuba); Horse grooms; Horse industry--Kentucky; Horse racing; Horsemen and horsewomen--Kentucky; Hot Springs (Ark.); Immigrants--Kentucky; New Orleans (La.); Travel

GPS: Havana, Cuba
Map Coordinates: 23.136667, -82.358889
00:04:07 - Her father's career and family beginnings

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Partial Transcript: Tell me, um, a little bit about how your father and mother met.

Segment Synopsis: Jacobs tells how her parents met, her siblings, her father's nickname "Cuban Charlie," and how her father was treated because of his accent.

Keywords: Accents; Children; How Charles met his wife; How he was accepted and why; Marriages; Miyares children; Nicknames; Old Latonia (Racetrack)

Subjects: Accent, Foreign; Acceptance, Social; African Americans in horse racing; African Americans--Social conditions--To 1964.; Horse grooms; Horse industry--Kentucky; Horse racing; Horsemen and horsewomen--Kentucky; Latonia (Covington, Ky.); Relationships, Family

00:07:08 - Charles Miyares' efforts to become a U.S. citizen

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Partial Transcript: Now tell us, there is a story about his citizenship efforts.

Segment Synopsis: Jacobs relates her knowledge of her father's efforts to become a U.S. citizen.

Keywords: 1937; 1947; Citizenship; Goals; Hopes and ambitions; Lexington, Kentucky; Newspapers; Value

Subjects: African American; Ambition; Citizenship; Emigration and immigration.; Goal; Hope; Immigrants--Kentucky; Lexington (Ky.)

GPS: Lexington, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.040828, -84.504027
00:10:42 - The character of Charles Miyares: His goals, perseverance, and the legacy he left

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Partial Transcript: But you know we know from the records of his first petition in '37 and then his final, um, um, awarding of his citizenship it was 10 long years. In that length of time, what was he doing?

Segment Synopsis: Jacobs speaks of her father's determination and perseverance to achieve his goals. She gives her insight into his character--an African American man with goals in the early to mid-1900s.

Keywords: Goals; Hardworking; Leaving a legacy; Legacy; Perseverance; Providing for family; Purchasing real estate; Working and studying

Subjects: African Americans in horse racing; Home & family; Horse grooms; Horse industry--Kentucky; Horse racing; Horsemen and horsewomen--Kentucky; Legacy; Perseverance (Ethics)

00:13:57 - The character of Charles Miyares: His career longevity

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Partial Transcript: So we've talked a number of times about your Dad and one of the other things that you discovered when you saw that, um, uh, fragment of paper about his--citizen paper, what else did you find in your, uh, records that we didn't know about?

Segment Synopsis: Jacobs discusses documents she found which reflected her father's long career. She mentions Mose Lowenstein, a horse trainer and William Million. They were men with whom her father worked during his career.

Keywords: Compliance; Grooms; Hardworking; Licenses; Peers; Records

Subjects: African American horsemen; African Americans; African Americans in horse racing; Associates group; Compliance; Horse grooms; Horse industry--Kentucky; Horse racing; Horsemen and horsewomen--Kentucky; License agreements

00:20:38 - Memories of her father and Churchill Downs

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Partial Transcript: Tell me about the, the, uh, uh--your visits with him at Churchill Downs.

Segment Synopsis: Jacobs relates memories of staying overnight at Churchill Downs with her parents during a Derby season, how her father took her brothers to be hot walkers at Churchill Downs, and her insight into the importance of grooms in the horse industry.

Keywords: African American lodging; Barns; Brothers; Churchill Downs (Louisville, Ky.); Derby season; Fathers; Grooms; Hot walkers

Subjects: African American.; African Americans in horse racing; Churchill Downs (Louisville, Ky. : Racetrack); Derby (Horse race); Horse grooms; Horse industry--Kentucky; Horse racing; Horsemen and horsewomen--Kentucky