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987, LO/342/293
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Anon, 1922 - , Interviewee, Male, Engineer
Speaker: McGrath, JM, Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Describes family situation in Antigua on farming estate, moving to USA age 28 as part of emigration worker scheme. Mentions travelling through southern USA in 1952. Describes hearing about good prospects in UK, choosing Leicester as friends lived there. Explains problems of finding accomodation, remembers prejudice as worse in Leicester than USA and gives example. Explains thinking he would stay briefly at the time. Mentions working at Dalmers on winding machine, feeling lonely until more West Indians arrived. Describes social life, feeling more relaxed in groups. Names pubs frequented. Expresses dismay at politicians making racist statements. Explains religious background and practice in Moravian Church. Briefly talks about finding West Indian food, visiting other cities for dancing. Reflects on reasons for staying in UK, hopes for returning to Antigua, belief that working life has never matched abilities.
Place of birth: Antigua
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Tailor
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s
Language: English

Recording Date: 2/2/1987
Playing time: 1 hr
Access Restrictions: Does not wish his name to be used Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
Cross Reference:

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