Mary Rawls interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, 2011-06-13
Mary Frazier Rawls, born in 1927, shared experiences of her life-long circus career. She began trouping with her parents at a young age and would go on to perform on the high wire for much of her career. Mary talked about learning to perform, the challenges and benefits of rearing children in the circus community, and about transitioning to concessions after retiring from the wire. She and husband, Harry, reared eight children as they traveled the country with various circuses.
A second interview was conducted with Mary Rawls June 30, 2011 (See: afc2012003_00242).
Recorded at Mary Rawls' home, Hugo, Oklahoma, June 13, 2011.
The "Big Top" Show Goes On : Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/003: 00159) Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
To honor the memory of Archie Green (1917-2009), a fellowship program was established at the American Folklife Center in 2010. Archie Green Fellowships support new research in the contemporary culture and traditions of American workers.