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Lena Cosby Cole

Lena Cosby Cole – Born  1886.  Part 1:  Grandparents were slaves, father worked as fireman on locomotive;  schooling; she worked in school lunch room by day, as caterer at night- 10 cents per hour;  Travels;  Church deacon;  Spanish American War;  5 children (all born at home – 75 year old house); describes primitive Orlando.  Part 2:  Formosa flag station;  downtown banks;  Orlando Water and Light Company;  downtown businesses;  schools in Orlando;  supported advanced education;  WW II;  Ocoee Incident (Riot);  Ku Klux Klan; only midwives attended the births of her children.

Interviewed on May 23, 1975.  We are grateful for the Orange County Regional History Center‘s making this recording available for Orlando Memory.

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Interview with Lena Cosby Cole Pt 2

Lena Cosby Cole - Born  1886.  Part 2:  Formosa flag station;  downtown banks;  Orlando Water and Light Company;  downtown businesses;  schools in Orlando;  supported advanced education;  WW II;  Ocoee Incident (Riot);  Ku Klux Klan parades in Orlando; midwives attended the births of her children.




Interview with Lena Cosby Cole - Part 1

Lena Cosby Cole - Born  1886.  Part 1:  Grandparents were slaves, father worked as fireman on locamotive;  schooling; she worked in school lunch room by day, as caterer at night- 10 cents per hour;  Travels;  Church deacon;  Spanish American War;  5 children (all born at home - 75 year old house); describes primitive Orlando. 




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