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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Irma Josephine Barber

Hickey, Matthew; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Irma Josephine Barber was born Irma Josephine Mason on March 13, 1904 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Growing up Catholic in New Orleans, Barber enjoyed school and wanted to be a nun. When her father died, Barber drop out of school to support her family as a seamstress. The family moved to Chicago seeking greater opportunity in 1918, and Barber continued to sew. Barber lived in the Black Belt when the murder of a young black man at the 31st Street Beach triggered the infamous Chicago Race Riot of 1919. Later, after Barber's husband passed away, she went back to work at age forty-five for the Department of Forestry in Chicago, remaining there age eighty-three. Barber raised four children, all of whom earned advanced degrees and worked as teachers. Barber was member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. She passed away on February 17, 2004 at the age of ninety-nine.
Performers
Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
187 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with Irma Josephine Barber
Irma Josephine Barber
Credits
Videographer, Matthew Hickey.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Chicago, Illinois 2003 March 18.
Recorded Chicago, Illinois 2003 March 26.
Description
1 online resource (7 video files (3 hr., 7 min.)) : sound, color
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