Oral History with Sarah J. Wade, March 14, 1991 (Ms1991-019)


Oral History with Sarah J. Wade, March 14, 1991 (Ms1991-019)


Sarah J. Wade grew up in Accomack County Virginia, and she moved to Blacksburg, Virginia when she was fourteen years old in search of domestic work opportunities. She married Thomas C. Wade, and they raised their family in Blacksburg. Their son, James C. Wade, was also interviewed for the Black Appalachians Oral History Project. In this interview, Wade describes domestic work in Blacksburg, education opportunities for her children, and race relations in the community. Additionally, Wade discusses the lack of work opportunities available to Black Appalachians and the dwindling community on Clay Street. Wade reveals that she was a highly respected individual, and she built relationships with many children in the community, including the first Black students that attended Virginia Tech.



Bibliographic Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Black Appalachians Oral History Project, Ms1991-019, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.


Michael A. Cooke


Sarah J. Wade


Blacksburg, Virginia




“Oral History with Sarah J. Wade, March 14, 1991 (Ms1991-019),” VT Special Collections and University Archives Online, accessed April 18, 2024, https://digitalsc.lib.vt.edu/items/show/13574.