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Minnie Bell Stuart interviewed by Inez Ramsey and Brenda McCormick, July 1978

Identifier: SdArch 5. File 5-4

Scope and Contents

Records the reminiscences of Mrs. Minnie Bell Stuart (b. 1894) of Harrisonburg, Va., known as Miss Minnie. Describes her childhood living in the black community of Depot Hill and Tin Cup Alley; importance of church in life as a preacher's kid, her grandmother teaching Sunday school to both black and white children from Effinger Street, founding of the AME Church (preacher from Africa, Rev. Marion Gioper, also Rev. Collings); daily life fetching water at the Spring House, using Black's Run as a community gathering place, picking wood from railroad tracks; black businesses (lady who owned a second-hand store, fishmonger who sold fish from Baltimore), other downtown buildings/businesses; courting practices; clothes people/boys wore; home remedies (dandelion wine); people and Asbury Methodist Church she worked for as a cleaning maid; and information about her family and children. Recorded at the home of Mrs. Minnie Bell Stuart, Harrisonburg, Va. in July of 1978.


  • July 1978


Access Restrictions

Oral history is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright interests have been transferred to Carrier Library.


From the Collection: 0.46 cubic feet (7 folders, 15 audiocassettes, 15 cds)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Location of Interview

Recorded at the home of Minnie Bell Stuart in Harrisonburg, Virginia.


Repository Details

Part of the James Madison University Libraries Special Collections Repository

820 Madison Drive
MSC 1706
Harrisonburg Virginia 22807
(540) 568-3612