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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Richard Bowman, July 8, 1998. Interview K-0513. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Bowman's parents worked service jobs to support the family

Bowman's parents did custodial work, housecleaning, and laundry in Asheville. He also helped with his father's custodial work so they could earn enough money to support the family.

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Oral History Interview with Richard Bowman, July 8, 1998. Interview K-0513. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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What were your parents names?
RICHARD BOWMAN:
Lila Bowman, Wright was her maiden name and my father was Nathaniel Bowman.
KELLY ELAINE NAVIES:
Can you tell me a little bit about them? What were their occupations?
RICHARD BOWMAN:
My father was a janitor-all of his life-most of his life. He worked for [unclear] furniture store and then he finally could make a little more money so he started working for James Ray of Ray Auto Supply who owned several apartments throughout Asheville. My father took care of those apartments for him. In fact I helped him take care of the apartments. We go around and [can't make it out] and take down the trash, clean the floors and what not. My mom was a domestic worker. She did housework at different places throughout the city. She'd work at one home in the morning and then another one in the afternoon. And she'd bring laundry into the house and do it-do the ironing and whatnot.
KELLY ELAINE NAVIES:
How many siblings did you have?
RICHARD BOWMAN:
There were seven.