Detail View: Oral Histories - Ohio River Portrait: Oscar Cross

Filename: 
FA 656 OH0070LA Oscar Cross (tape 3).mp3
Identifier: 
FA 656 OH0070LA
Title: 
Oscar Cross
Creator: 
Oscar Cross, 1906 - 1999
Subject: 
Cross, Oscar 1906-1999
Subject: 
Flood -- Ohio River
Subject: 
Baptists
Subject: 
Kentucky -- Church History
Subject: 
Church and Race Relations
Subject: 
Flood -- Ohio River
Subject: 
Religion
Description: 
Tape 3, Oscar Cross talks about the 1937 flood, religion, and his family. Also says, "If you ever come to Paducah and take a drink of Ohio River water you'll never leave."
Publisher: 
Western Kentucky University
Contributor: 
Linda Kinsey Adams
Date: 
8/2/1990
Type: 
Oral History
Format: 
audio/mpeg
Source: 
Ohio River Folk Life Project
Language: 
English
Coverage: 
McCracken County
Rights: 
Permission must be obtained from Western Kentucky University, Manuscripts and Folklife Archives, prior to reuse of these recordings
Biographical Sketch: 
Oscar Cross was born on August 10, 1906 in Fulton, KY too Rev. Price Cross and Mattie Cross. He married Dorenda Anderson Cross in 1945. Mr. Cross worked in minstrel shows and as a hotel attendent before becoming the first African American juvenile officer in Paducah, KY and founded the Boys Club of Paducah in 1949 for African American boys. He served as director for 50 years and is credited as a leader in bringing about the first interracial board of directors of the Boys Club in Paducah, Inc. The club was renamed the Oscar Cross Boys Club of Paduca, in 1980. Oscar Cross died on April 20, 1999 and is burried in Oak Grove Cemetery. For more information on the Oscar Cross Boys Club please visit http://ocbgc.org/.
Duration: 
25:50 minutes
Bit Rate/Frequency: 
64 kbps