Daisy Belle Buster

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Daisy Belle Buster


Daisy Buster talks about growing up in a family with seventeen children, her community, and attending Booker T. Washington School. She talks about visiting her grandparents in Louisiana and how her sister, Rose, was almost like another mother to her. She talks about the importance of attending the Methodist Church and taking part in the BYPU activities. She describes how Reverend Perry stood out in her memory as an influential preacher. Buster is a self-described tomboy and shares how she grew up boxing with her brothers in their own boxing ring. Buster tells how she joined the school choir and had the opportunity to sing at different venues around town. She also talks about her college aspirations and career goals growing up. Buster describes growing up in a segregated community and how Texas Avenue was the dividing line between her neighborhood and the rest of Texas City. She talks about her first time being confronted with racial discrimination. She talks about her role in a sit-in at the lunch counter at Weingarten’s. She tells of her experience with the 1947 Texas City Disaster, being separated from her family, and then finding them at Camp Wallace. She talks about being close to delivering her baby during Hurricane Carla. She talks about joining the NAACP, participating in civil rights protest marches, and voting. She discusses how the Church was integral in backing the message of civil rights and desegregation in the community. Buster also talks about the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the impact it had.







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Theresa Mayfield


Daisy Bell Buster




“Daisy Belle Buster,” The Oral History Archive at Moore Memorial Public Library, accessed May 21, 2024, https://texascitylibrary-oralhistory.org/items/show/47.