Oral History with Thompson V. Lester, Sr., and Elizabeth Lester, February 27, 1991 (Ms1991-019)

Title

Oral History with Thompson V. Lester, Sr., and Elizabeth Lester, February 27, 1991 (Ms1991-019)

Description

Thompson V. Lester, Sr. was born in Christiansburg, Virginia in 1915. Thompson Lester met and married his wife, Elizabeth, in New Jersey. After serving in the Navy, Lester returned to Christiansburg, where he worked for his family's dry cleaning business. In this interview, Thompson Lester describes the Christiansburg community, describes educational opportunities such as Christiansburg Institute, and he discusses his family's business. Additionally, Thompson Lester talks about Black fraternal organizations, such as the Masons.

Elizabeth (Betty) R. Lester was born in New Jersey before marrying Thompson Lester and moving to Christiansburg, Virginia. In this interview, Elizabeth Lester joins her husband in talking about the Christiansburg community. She specifically describes health care access to Black community members, unequal access to public goods and services, church life in the community, and social life in the community, such as the Household of Ruth organization.

Identifier

Ms1991-019_ThompsonandElizabethLester

Bibliographic Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Black Appalachians Oral History Project, Ms1991-019, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Interviewer

Michael A. Cooke

Narrator

Thompson V. Lester, Sr.
Elizabeth Lester

Location

Christiansburg, Virginia

Duration

00:36:23

Citation

“Oral History with Thompson V. Lester, Sr., and Elizabeth Lester, February 27, 1991 (Ms1991-019),” VT Special Collections and University Archives Online, accessed July 3, 2022, http://digitalsc.specomeka.vtlibraries.net/items/show/13447.