T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History Collection
INTERVIEWEE NAME: Isiah Smith COLLECTION: 4700.0710
IDENTIFICATION: South Baton Rouge resident for seventeen years; buildings and grounds
supervisor at McKinley High.
INTERVIEWERS: Nedra Carter, Khary Carrell
PROJECT: McKinley Oral History Project
INTERVIEW DATES: July 11, 1996
FOCUS DATES: 1980s-1990s
Tape 1037, Side A
Born December 1, 1947 in Baywood, Louisiana; father worked on sugar farm; has four brothers and five sisters; has lived in South Baton Rouge neighborhood about seventeen years; moved to neighborhood to be buildings and grounds supervisor at McKinley Senior High School; recalls businesses on East Boulevard; improvements in street cleaning; decrease in violence in neighborhood; flooding used to be so bad in neighborhood that people would get around in boats; recent improvements in black businesses; patronizing cleaners, grocery store and car wash; McKinley High is thriving; recommends someone else to interview; offers to share his McKinley photograph collection.
TAPES: 1 (T1037) TOTAL PLAYING TIME: 8 minutes
# PAGES TRANSCRIPT: 7 pages
OTHER MATERIALS: Interview data sheet