Audio Recording "I have quite a congregation, people come in for coffee."

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Title
"I have quite a congregation, people come in for coffee."
Contributor Names
Owens, Doug (Narrator)
Levitas, Susan, 1961- (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-08-28
Subject Headings
-  African Americans
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Grocery stores
-  Neighborhood stores
-  L & B Food Center (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Doug Owens, owner, L & B Food Center.
-  Summary of audio segment: (Is being a grocery store owner like being a barber or a bar tender; do people come here and tell you their life's story?) People tell me a lot of private things because they know I won't tell; I don't equate it with being a bartender or a barber; people go there to let it all hang out, so to speak. (Do people come here to meet each other and talk?) mornings, yes; I have quite a congregation. Older people come in for coffee; sometimes they come in with the bible; deacons; we have a nice little gathering in the mornings; average morning, 20 (people); get here around 7; most are retirees; fisherman are coming in; (why are they coming here?) can't get coffee in the A&P and tell jokes. I've been here so long, I know a lot of people; my nephew is a joker and they come out to joke with him.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-SL-A019
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://0-hdl.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/loc.afc/afcwip.sla01904
Language
Online Format
audio

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Credit line

Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Owens, Doug, and Susan Levitas. "I have quite a congregation, people come in for coffee.". -08-28, 1994. Audio. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003657/.

APA citation style:

Owens, D. & Levitas, S. (1994) "I have quite a congregation, people come in for coffee.". -08-28. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003657/.

MLA citation style:

Owens, Doug, and Susan Levitas. "I have quite a congregation, people come in for coffee.". -08-28, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003657/>.