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Lena Bradley index, 2019-11-19

Identifier: rwhc_ohp_2019_003_ind.pdf

Scope and Contents

In this oral history interview, Lena Bradley, a long time D.C. resident, discusses her life and experiences moving from Kenly, North Carolina, to Washington, D.C. She reflects on her upbringing and education in the South as well as her life in Washington and career as a beautician.


  • Creation: 2019-11-19


Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

Lena Mae Bunch Townsend Bradley was born in Wilson County, North Carolina, July 20, 1929 to Adelina Bunch and James Henry Bynum. She lived there until the age of five, at which time she moved to Kenly, North Carolina, in Johnson County, attending the city public grade school from the first to the sixth grade. She attended high school in Selma, North Carolina and graduated in 1950. She stayed with an aunt in D.C. during the summers starting in 1946, getting a job taking care of a wealthy older White woman in the community, and after graduating she stayed in the city, becoming a beautician, joining Second Baptist Church in 1953 and marrying in 1956. She participated in beauty competitions and won awards, traveling extensively with her husband, all the while remaining a member of Second Baptist for over sixty-seven years.


From the Collection: 27.1 Gigabytes (DIG_0029)

From the Collection: 228 Files (DIG_0029)

Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

901 G Street NW
4th Floor East
Washington DC 20001