". . . well a lot of people move. They left years ago looking for better jobs. They went north and west and they didn't realize they was leaving a beautiful heritage, but it, you can't blame them for looking for a better life, but it's a small community now, compared to what it used to be . . . "
Growing Up in Rosedale
Barbara Pope talks about growing up in the Rosedale community.
Barbara Pope talks about how many members of the Rosedale community have moved elsewhere. She recounts how long she’s lived on her property, and her close relationship with the Lee family. She recalls her grandfather’s career as a calligrapher, and mentions some common Rosedale activities, such as swimming at Spring Park.
Barbara Pope talks about some of the businesses in Rosedale, including Afton Lee’s Store, E.P. Montgomery’s Store, Ms. Karen Johnson’s in-house restaurant, and Old Man Shides’s business selling canned goods off a wagon.
Barbara Pope recalls the wall dividing the black community from the white. She talks about the principal of Rosedale School, B.M. Montgomery, and about her experiences taking care of her blind grandfather. She also discusses various modes of transportation in Rosedale and places in Birmingham they often visited.