Lisa Stewart

Published on July 25, 2017  

Photo of Timothy GeorgeI remember we was the first one on the street that had a telephone and a T.V. . . . it was a big deal to me because everybody in the neighborhood used to have to come to our house to use the telephone and then I remember on Sunday nights everybody used to come to our house to look at the Ed Sullivan Show.

Authentic stories are told with authentic language that might offend some listeners. The following interview contains descriptions of racist language and views in the context of the subject's personal experience.

Chapters

Racial Boundaries in Rosedale

Lisa Stewart recounts crossing the wall that separated the black community from the white.
The location of the wall separating the black and white communities. It stretched between B.M. Montgomery Street to 25th Court Street, and section of it is visible on Google Maps at the end of 25th Court Street
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Growing Up in Rosedale

Lisa Stewart talks about her childhood in Rosedale, including her school, church, and community events.
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Family

Lisa Stewart talks about her family’s history in Alabama, Birmingham, and Rosedale, and recalls stories about her Aunt Velma, a bootlegger.
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School and Integration

Lisa Stewart recalls her experiences as one of the first African American students in the Homewood school system.
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Church

Lisa Stewart recalls that role that churches played in Rosedale during her childhood.
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Rosedale Community: Children’s Recreation

Lisa Stewart describes the activities in which she participated as a child, including scouts, swimming, and sports. She also recounts some childhood escapades in which she and her friends jumped into a “whites-only” pool.
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May Day

Lisa Stewart recalls Rosedale’s May Day celebrations.
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Christmas and Fourth of July Memories

Lisa Stewart recounts memories from Christmas and the Fourth of July.
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Rosedale Community

Lisa Stewart discusses various aspects of the Rosedale community. She describes how Rosedale residents never locked their doors, and talks about cooperation between Rosedale and other communities.
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Transcript

Audio Information
InterviewerChase Trautwein
IntervieweeLisa Stewart
RepositorySamford University Oral History Collection
AccessionSUHist/Rosedale/003