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Record 687/842
Copyright PastPerfect Museum
Collection Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Oral History Collection
Date 03/27/1995
Abstract Interview of Lois Jones Scott by Melissa Scott.

Interviewer's description-
"Lois Scott was born in 1929, six days after the stock market crashed. She recalls that she had a good childhood, but a poor one. One of nine children, they lived at Benham, Kentucky. She said that she did very good in school and was promoted from the 1st to the 3rd grade and later from the 6th to the 8th grade. She recalls wearing feedsack dresses to school. At the age of 15 she moved to Baltimore, Maryland and made $35 per week babysitting. She met her first husband (James Hogg) there and was married to him for 11 years. They had 3 children together. She said he would beat her really bad, so she left him and came back to Kentucky in 1957. She met and married Ed Scott in 1958 and had two sons with him. She talks about the mine strike at Brookside, Kentucky and how a friend of hers, Pauline Clem got her involved in it. She talks about being arrested during the strike and about Barbara Kopel filling the strike. She later became friends with Barbara Kopel and went to New York with her, to the Lincoln Center for the debut of Harlan County USA. Mrs. Kopel offered to take her to France, but she didn't want to take her boys out of school. She stated that now all her children are grown and her two boys are both teachers, one daughter is an insurance broker in Chicago, Illinois, one daughter is disabled and lives in California and the oldest daughter died in 1977."
Object ID 2007.001.0729
Object Name Tape, Magnetic
Subjects Benham, Kentucky
Brookside strike
"Harlan County USA"
Interview date 03/27/1995
Interviewer Scott, Melissa
Length of interview 40:30
Media Cassette Tape
Narrator Scott, Lois Jones
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