Zeta Swaggard was born in 1914 and migrated to Cleveland from southern Ohio during World War II. She quickly found work in a factory and found a place to live in a rooming house. Swaggard vividly describes riding the streetcars and notes their importance. She describes the atmosphere and the culture of Downtown Cleveland, including the shops, department stores, restaurants, and theatres. Swaggard notes the change in downtown as the department stores moved to the suburbs and they started to charge for parking. She mentions the large immigrant population, especially Jewish enclaves, as well as the migration of African Americans to Cleveland during the war.
Swaggard, Zeta (interviewee)
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"Zeta Swaggard interview, 2006" (2006). Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection. Interview 999019.