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Interview with Father Jim Tucker, discussing the racial makeup of his congregation at St. James' Episcopal Church., and the problem of being neither a wholly black nor white congregation in the community. The interview ends with Tucker discussing the…

Rabbi Robert I. Kahn discusses how he came to live in Riverside. He talks about the attitudes Jewish residents in Riverside held toward integration with the black community. Kahn talks about the pride people in Houston and the South had in executing…

Arnett Cobb plays "Down by the Riverside." He describes the house (now the Groovey Grill) he is being interviewed in. When he was a child, his mother was in domestic service in the home, and he would come visit for special occasions. He states that…

Elwyn Lee begins the interview by discussing what it was like to grow up in Houston in the 1950s and 1960s, describing Houston as very segregated at that time. Sheila Jackson Lee describes Riverside as a pocket of black intellect and community…

Donald Caesar discusses the reaction of the Riverside community when his family moved in as the first black family. He tells the story of the neighbors all pooling money and making an offer to purchase their home, Jack Caesar declined. He goes on to…

Ray Dickens describes what Riverside was like when he lived there, and talks about the neighborhood's reaction to the bombing of Jack Caesar's home and his family moving in as the first black family. Dickens also talks about George Howell, who was…

Marvin Zindler remembers the Jack Caesar bombing. He recalls it being unusual for an event regarding black people to make the news. He views the bombing as more of a scare tactic than an attempted murder. He recalls the attitude of the general public…

Interview with Dr. J. B. Jones describing how "whites were tipping out" and "blacks were tipping in" when he moved to Riverside in 1959. He discusses the move from north to south of the bayou for people who wanted a less populated area. Jones points…

Interview with Dora Finger about her experience living in Riverside. She discusses neighborhood children, and the many large parties and holiday gatherings she hosted. Finger describes the integration of the neighborhood, including her relationship…

Shirley Bannerot reflects on choosing Riverside as her residence, and discusses the effects on integration on the neighborhood. She talks about the civic club's involvement in starting the yard sign movement. She discusses blockbusting in Riverside,…
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