Claytee D. White is the Director of the Oral History Research Center, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. White is the author of “African American Women Migrants: A Las Vegas Odyssey,” which appeared in the Publication of the Nevada Women’s History Project and “Eight Dollars a Day and Working in the Shade: An Oral History of African American Migrant Women in the Las Vegas Gaming Industry,” in Quintard Taylor and Shirley Moore, eds., African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000 (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2003). Claytee is currently completing a book about the Las Vegas Black Experience.
Frederick Douglas Patterson was the first African American to build motorized cars. His father, Charles Rich Patterson, a former enslaved person, created C. R. Patterson and Sons Company, located in Greenfield, Ohio. Beginning in 1865, the company built fashionable carriages. Frederick Patterson inherited the company … Read MoreFrederick Douglas Patterson (1871-1932)