Audio Recordings "I went into the barbering business with my niece's husband."

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Levitas, Susan
McDowell, Rev. Louis
Dates 1994
Location New Jersey
United States
Language English
Subjects African Americans
Family Run Businesses
Hours of Labor
McDowell'S Barber Shop (Paterson, N.J.)
Oral History
Sound Recordings
"I went into the barbering business with my niece's husband."
Contributor Names
McDowell, Rev. Louis (Narrator)
Levitas, Susan, 1961- (Interviewer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  African Americans
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Hours of labor
-  Family-run businesses
-  Barbershops
-  McDowell's Barber Shop (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Reverend Louis McDowell, owner, McDowell's Barber Shop.
-  Summary of audio segment: "In 1958, I saw the need for more money. I went into the barbering business with my niece's husband and stayed with him for a year-and-a-half before I went for my Master's. Every day after work, I went to his shop and worked, and after I got my Master's I stayed with him another four years. One day a lady told my about this shop on River Street; so I came and opened my own shop. I ran it part-time from 1963 to 1983; when I got someone to work for me, he kept it open and I'd come after work at 4:30. When I retired I had something to do; have been full-time here since 1983. (First customer?) March 31, 1963, don't know his name, but put two $2 bills up. Still have them, but had to take it down so it wouldn't be stolen."
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number
AFC 1995/028: WIP-SL-A022
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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