Lowell E. Long


Rosa May Guinn



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Lowell E. Long’s interview focuses on the region of Appalachia: its location, environments, people, and identity. Mr. Long was born in April 1941 in War, McDowell County, WV. His family moved to East Liverpool, OH, after World War II, and relocated to Huntington, WV, in January 1945. In the audio clip provided, Mr. Long discusses what it means to be Appalachian and focuses on family bonds and sense of belonging in the region. During his interview, he describes his family’s use of folk medicine. Mr. Long provides descriptions of the segregated neighborhoods and schools of Huntington, WV, during his childhood. He also discusses community life in Huntington, WV, including entertainment, YMCA programs, and religious organizations.

Publication Date

Fall 11-26-1998




Ideas of Appalachia, funerals, coal mining, music, Huntington, WV, segregation, Boy Scouts, Red Cross


African American Studies | African History | Appalachian Studies | Cultural History | Music | Oral History | Religion | Social History

Library of Congress Subjects

Long, Lowell, 1941- -- Autobiography. Community life -- West Virginia -- Oral histories. Race relations -- Oral histories. Religion -- West Virginia -- Oral histories. Segregation -- West Virginia -- Oral histories. Race relations -- West Virginia -- Oral histories. Sex differences -- Oral histories. Veterans -- Oral histories. Boy Scouts -- West Virginia -- Oral histories. Music -- West Virginia -- Oral histories. Huntington (W. Va.) -- Oral histories. War (W. Va.) -- Oral histories.


Interview is included in the Marshall University Oral History Collection. The index number is OH64-596. This interview was conducted by Rosa May Guinn. MDS exhibit prepared by Jennifer Gehringer, August, 2014.


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