Lee R. Gordon

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Title

Lee R. Gordon

Description

Lee R. Gordon talks about being descended from a family of sharecroppers and why they moved to Texas City in 1946. He describes his neighborhood, parents, family life, and growing up in The Projects, a segregated low-income apartment complex. He talks about how his siblings helped to provide for the family as they grew older. Gordon tells the story of collecting bottles to sell as a young boy and how, at the age of six, he visited his family in the country and helped pick cotton. Gordon talks about turning down the opportunity to attend Prairie View A&M University on a basketball scholarship, following his mother’s wishes for him to join the military in order to help with the family’s finances. He talks of being married at different times during his military career and about paranormal events that took place while living in Texas City. He discusses the cognitive changes he experienced after being hit on the head with a stick as a young boy. As a young boy living in The Projects, he tells how he and his friends found creative ways to pass the time. Gordon talks about the different places to shop and the types of entertainment available to children and adults.

Date

2023-03-15

Format

video

Identifier

2023OH_AAE001

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Interviewer

Theresa Mayfield

Interviewee

Lee R. Gordon

Files

gordon_square.jpg


Citation

“Lee R. Gordon,” The Oral History Archive at Moore Memorial Public Library, accessed April 24, 2024, https://texascitylibrary-oralhistory.org/items/show/43.