Interview with Welford Sims

Cultural Narrative: 

Welford Sims grew up on a small farm. His family maintained a large vegetable garden and raised dairy cows. He was raised by his mother and father, who was a farmer and a rural mail carrier. After graduating high school in 1954, Mr. Sims joined the Navy and served four years of active duty and two in the reserves. Mr. Sims was raised as a Christian and was active in church and school-based religious groups. He recounts the long distances restaurants and other recreation activities were from Louisa, oftentimes being over 15 miles away. Mr. Sims remembers segregation in Louisa County, explaining that African Americans sat in the back of buses and churches.