Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Banks, July 21, 1973
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DescriptionOral history interview with Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Banks of Helena, Montana. TAPE 1, SIDE A: 0 - 6 Mr. Banks came to Helena in 1917 from Alabama. Father a mechanic. Family background. Why he moved to Montana. Cousin in the cavalry at Ft. Harrison, Montana. He planned to attend Carroll College but didn't. 6 - 8 Lived in Billings for a while. Also stayed in Missoula for a while but there was no social life. 8 - 10 Attended the Southern Christian Institute in Edwards, Mississippi. Talks about playing baseball for them. 10 - 11 He worked at the post office with his cousin for a while and then worked for the Union Bank and Trust Company. 11 - 17 There were quite a few blacks in Helena when he arrived--many were from the Army. Two black churches in Helena. Many other towns in Montana had black residents. Other forts in Montana. Ft. Harrison was mostly black soldiers. 17 - 22 Recollections of black social clubs in the area. Al Walton was a black U.S. Marshall from Oklahoma. TAPE 1, SIDE B: 0 - 3 The Powers family of Helena were quite powerful. He doesn't remember any outstanding black families. Generally the blacks stuck to themselves. 3 - 4 He has one daughter who lives in Portland. He doesn't communicate with any other relatives. Other families in Helena. 4 - 5 Not very much in the way of black social activities. 5 - 8 Worked as a porter...
Banks, A. E., Mrs., b. 1894