Audio Recordings "Paterson . . . really propelled us into stardom."
Family Run Businesses
Sweet Potato Pie Company (Paterson, N.J.)
- "Paterson . . . really propelled us into stardom."
- Contributor Names
- Ramsey, Edgar (Narrator)
- Levitas, Susan, 1961- (Interviewer)
- Created / Published
- Subject Headings
- - African Americans
- - Foodways
- - Oral history
- - Interviews
- - Sound recordings
- - Family-run businesses
- - Food industry
- - Pies
- - Sweet Potato Pie Company (Paterson, N.J.)
- - Ethnography
- - United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
- - Interview with Edgar Ramsey, owner, Sweet Potato Pie Company.
- - Summary of audio segment: "At first people felt that, you know, sweet potato pie is very ethnic, that just blacks eat sweet potato pie, but we found out that that wasn't the case. I don't know if the Hispanics had heard about sweet potato pie -- you have a large Hispanic population in Paterson -- but I guess they found out about it and it tasted good to them and so they started buying. And then the whites -- those who knew about it, there were a lot of people who had been South. Now, it is a Southern dessert, and the whites who knew about it in the South or had been South and had had sweet potato pie, they heard about it, and we just got business from everybody -- black, whites, Hispanics, everything. And Paterson was one of those that really propelled us into stardom, I guess." Some of the top furniture stores and clothing stores were here, before the shopping malls, Paterson was the place; even on theweekends, Paterson was the place, and the same with church. "It was just the center of everything. Even people came out of Bergen County to shop in Paterson. It was just a place to be in one point in time. I'm not saying it isn't now, but it's not the same Paterson that I knew, I mean, I'm going back to the heydays, and people were talking about -- that was the place, Paterson."
- Digital Audio Tape
- Call Number
- AFC 1995/028: WIP-SL-A020
- Source Collection
- Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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