Academic Historian

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.

W.H.C. Stephenson (1825-circa 1873)

Dr. W.H.C. Stephenson, the first black doctor in Nevada, practiced medicine in Virginia City, Nevada, during the heyday of the Comstock Lode.  Born in Washington, D.C., he lived in Pennsylvania and California prior to Nevada.  He was trained at one of the Eclectic Medical Institutes … Read MoreW.H.C. Stephenson (1825-circa 1873)

Sarann Knight-Preddy (1920-2014)

Sarann Knight was born in Eufaula, Oklahoma  on July 22, 1920, to parents of mixed African American and Native American ancestry.  She migrated to Las Vegas in 1942, settling with her husband, Luther Walker, in the Westside African American community.  Preddy first sought employment on … Read MoreSarann Knight-Preddy (1920-2014)