E.N.


As Interviewed By Tallulah Beaty, April 16, 2017
"So, because we were still segregated, there were places we couldn’t go, there were things we couldn't do, and so my parents and their peers all got together and figured out ways we could still have those things, just in a segregated way."
E.N.

Introductory Profile: About E.N.

My interviewee chose to go by the initials E.N. She works with my dad for an IT section, and I got in touch with her through him. She is a middle aged African American woman. She grew up and currently resides in Austin. She has lived in several different states, and has travelled abroad before. She has been married twice before and has one son who is grown. She is usually a more quiet, reserved person but on this occasion she was more than willing to speak openly about her experiences. Her father ran a funeral home in Austin, but while she was growing up her parents were both educators or teachers for segregated schools in Austin.

During the interview, we talked about going to segregated schools, living in East Austin, travelling to other states during segregation, going to college, organizations for African Americans, and how segregation in Austin has changed throughout the years. The tone was relatively light for such a complex situation. I think she was able to talk about it openly because, as she noted several times, she was better off than some of her other African American friends and peers. She was very interested in telling her story, and it was both engaging and interesting. I feel as if I got the story from a different perspective, and this helped me learn more about segregation in Austin and what it was like being a young African American in that time period.