Working on Tobacco: A Rite of Passage?
NARRATOR: Carlton Noble Parkinson
INTERVIEWER: Shirley Quintero
DATE: March 17, 2010
PLACE: Windsor Public Library, Windsor, Connecticut
TRANSCRIBER: Shirley Quintero, May 2010
EDITOR: Barbara Goodwin, February 2015
WHS collections 2011.27.1
Shirley Quintero interviewed Carlton Parkinson in 2010. Carl talked about growing up in Hartford and attending a school in West Hartford in the late 1960s; his father, a Jamaican migrant worker, who served as a cook on Windsor tobacco farms in the 20th century; and working in tobacco himself, among other topics.
Audio Clip: Roy Parkinson serves as a cook for migrant tobacco workers (1:26)
Audio Clip: Jamaicans and African Americans / how parents met (1:22)
The full audio recording is 38 minutes long and can be heard if you visit the Windsor Historical Society research library, or contact the librarian/archivist Michelle Tom at email@example.com. The transcript for the entire interview is here: full transcript.