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An Interview With Fred Curls, Sr.
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TitleAn Interview With Fred Curls, Sr.
AbstractInterviewer: Ella Pruitt. Interview recorded March 11, 1976. 2 sound cassettes (ca. 60 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 2 sound discs; digial; 4 3/4 in. Has printed guide to contents.
NotesMr. Curls was born March 31, 1919 in Kansas City, Kansas. In the interview he discusses his early life and recalls discrimination situations, and his real estate experience.
SourceKansas City Public Library; Black Archives of Mid-America, Inc.
LocationSC69-2, Tape 15, CD 15 (2 parts)
Local SubjectAfrican Americans
Race Discrimination
Curls, Fred
Oral History
Real Estate
Item TypeArchival Material
TranscriptionOutline of Interview:

Mr. Fred Curls, Sr. was born March 31, 1919 in Kansas City, Kansas. He is the son of Ula and James Curls who are originally from Oklahoma. Mr. Curls recalls his first job at Myron Green Restaurant then located on the Plaza. Racial incidences on jobs were high during this time. Began working for the first Indian jewelry company in Kansas City in the late 30's. The company was Indian Handcraft.

Discusses refusal of white man to work under Mr. Curl's supervision on construction site. Attended welding school in Parsons, Kansas for machinist with hopes of being able to use it in the Indian trade upon returning to Kansas City. Worked as maintenance man and used "punch board" to supplement income.

Began primary work with Al Zollar in real estate business. Mr. Curls elaborates from a real estate business person's point of view on reasons why the black community was living within a certain area which was called the "restrictive covenant." Mr. Curls recalls realtor's clause in contract to keep from selling to blacks and how the black realtors and white realtors compromised. Integration of the residential area of 31st and Chestnut. Setting up his home and real estate business was discussed.Mr. Curls ventures into appraising without college education and real estate accreditation courses.

Entered at the University of Oklahoma for two weeks and failed during the seminar. Looked upon the failure as a challenge. In 1967 Curls had his first opportunity in mass appraising through the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority, under Toms Hayes. This is a sequence to his present real estate business and he is chief appraiser for Jackson County."
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Item ID210197
CONTENTdm number36275
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