Interview with Shirley Ramey


Interview with Shirley Smith Ramey in which she shares photographs and discusses growing up in Northeast Kansas City, Missouri, her ancestors and how the family came to the area, and how her parents learned trades at a school for the deaf in Fulton, Missouri. She describes being raised by her grandparents and her mother, who worked in the local garment industry, eloping with her husband Owen, and their early marriage and work. She also discusses moving back in with her family while pregnant when Owen left to fight in World War II, later following Owen's orders to San Antonio and Denver, post-war life in east Kansas City, and being part of the "white flight" to Johnson County.

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Video Recording
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This project was funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library.
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Veteran's Oral History Project, VHP-AUDIO-001

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This oral history recording is presented as a historical document of the recollections and opinions of persons living and/or working in Kansas City when the history was conducted. Minor edits have been made to remove pauses, interruptions and verbal tics, and the recording is otherwise verbatim as it was captured. These oral histories represent the thoughts and opinions of the original participants and do not reflect the views of the Kansas City Public Library or its partner organizations in this oral history project.