Oral history interview with J. Lawrence Bowden, Jr., 1971


Bowden, J. Lawrence, Jr (Interviewee)
La Brie, Henry G (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with J. Lawrence Bowden, Jr., 1971
Other Titles
Reminiscences of J. Lawrence Bowden, Jr. : oral history, 1971; Oral history of J. Lawrence Bowden, Jr., 1971
In this 1971 interview with Henry La Brie, Bowden briefly describes his childhood, education and career in insurance before discussing the Orlando Sun Mirror and the future of the black press. Bowden mentions his experiences at Fisk University and LaSalle University. He goes on to discuss his travels in 1918 from Indianapolis, Indiana, where he worked at a hospital, to Norfolk, Virginia, where he w as stationed to serve during World War I. In 1920, Bowden returned to Tennessee, traveling to Chattanooga and around Alabama, working at black insurance companies. Bowden describes his employer’s eventual bankruptcy and his final move to Orlando, Florida in 1927.
Collection Name
Black Journalists oral history collection
Editors; Journalists; African American press; African American journalists; Newspaper publishing--Economic aspects--United States; African Americans--Civil rights; Advertising--Newspapers; Orlando (Fla.); United States Race relations; Bowden, J. Lawrence, Jr
oral histories
Physical Description
sound files : digital preservation master, WAV files (96kHz, 24 bit); 66 pages
Note (Biographical)
J. Lawrence Bowden Sr. was the editor and publisher of the Orlando Sun Mirror, which he assumed in 1932. Born in Lewisburg, Tennessee in 1893, Bowden attended high school and Fisk University in Nashville before travelling to Indiana, Virginia, Alabama , and Florida.
Interviewed by Henry G. La Brie III on July 17, 1971.
Note (Provenance)
Henry G. La Brie III Gift, 1975
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Oral History Archives at Columbia
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