Claytee D. White

Academic Historian

Claytee D. White is currently the Director of the Oral History Research Center, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is also currently completing her Ph.D. at the College of William and Mary in African American history. 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).

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- )

Image ownership: Public Domain Sarann Knight migrated to Las Vegas in 1942, settling with her husband in the Westside African American community.  Preddy first sought employment on Jackson Street, the black business district, and soon became a Keno writer in the Cotton Club.  Preddy moved … Read MoreSarann Knight Preddy (1920- )

Moulin Rouge

Dancers on stage at the Moulin Rouge, 1955 Image Ownership: Public Domain  The Moulin Rouge opened in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1955 and became the first racially integrated hotel-casino in the city.  The new casino, built by white businessmen, attracted a sizable number of African American entertainers … Read MoreMoulin Rouge