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Mabel Hampton with Joan Nestle (Tape 1)

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Title

Mabel Hampton with Joan Nestle (Tape 1)

Subject

Same-sex marriage, Lesbian couples, African American lesbians

Description

Oral history interview of Mabel Hampton. Mabel discusses lesbian marriage in the 1930s and 1940s, including stories of women getting married and where the ceremonies were. She tells stories about women she knew who had husbands and families, jealousy among women, and passion. She talks about her own experiences with passion and jealousy, including her crushes and relationships. She discusses her first relationship with a white woman, women she had crushes on, women she felt threatened by, her relationship with Lillian, and an experience at a "party house" in Bedford Hills. At the end of the tape there is a discussion about Lillian's tombstone and what to put on it.

Date Created

1980

Collection

Citation

Mabel Hampton (Interviewee) and Joan Nestle [interviewer], “Mabel Hampton with Joan Nestle (Tape 1),” Herstories: Audio/Visual Collections of the LHA, accessed November 15, 2019, http://herstories.prattinfoschool.nyc/omeka/document/SPW1137.