Oral History with J. Homer Pack, March 13, 1991 (Ms1991-019)

Title

Oral History with J. Homer Pack, March 13, 1991 (Ms1991-019)

Description

Joseph Homer Pack was born in 1910, and he grew up in Riner, Virginia. Pack attended his local primary school, a two room schoolhouse, before briefly attending Christiansburg Institute. Later in life, Pack worked in a variety of job positions including a chauffeur, exterminator, bricklayer, and cattle farmer. In this interview, Pack describes educational opportunities and work opportunities for Black Appalachians in the area. He highlights baseball as a common social activity when he grew up in Montgomery County. Pack discusses race relations in the area and the eventual migration of Black Appalachians due to lack of work opportunities in the mid-to-late twentieth century.

Identifier

Ms1991-019_JHomerPack

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

J. Homer Pack

Location

Riner, Virginia

Duration

01:19:03

Citation

“Oral History with J. Homer Pack, March 13, 1991 (Ms1991-019),” VT Special Collections and University Archives Online, accessed August 11, 2022, http://digitalsc.specomeka.vtlibraries.net/items/show/13457.