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COVID-19 Student Interviews - Priest, Tommy

Deacon Experiences during COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic

 

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creator
Strackman, Braden
Preist, Tommy
date
2020-09-08T19:38:58Z
2020-09-08T19:38:58Z
2020-07-22
2020-09-08 (issued)
description
Tommy Priest is the Owner of Coffee Park, a coffeeshop in Winston-Salem which has locations at the Coffee Park Airstream, founded 14 years ago, and at an Arts Center, added 6 years ago. Priest shares his early concerns about COVID-19, which began after he read an article about the virus on January 8th, and his early frustrations as he tried to convince his neighbors and friends that the pandemic would have a large effect on their lives and the United States. Coffee Park Airstream is unique because it was already designed in a pandemic-friendly way- as a quick drive-thru experience- and Priest shares how his employees at that location helped out those at the Arts Center, unable to reopen because of its dependence on large events. He expresses gratitude for the Winston-Salem community, who continued to visit and support him during the period and examines how he has seen public actions, such as social distancing and mask wearing, ebb and flow over the course of the pandemic based on the latest messages from the media. Priest touches on his participation in the Black Lives Matter protests and how COVID-19 has exploited structures of oppression in the U.S. He shares how he has seen artists both thrive and struggle during the quarantine period, and expresses concern about the future of COVID-19 in America.
format
audio/mp3
Oral histories
Permalink
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/96974
language
English
relation
Special Collections and Archives
Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Wake Forest University
Office of Civic and Community Engagement (RG22.6)
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subject
Coronavirus infections--History--Sources
COVID-19 (Disease)--History--Sources
Wake Forest University--History--Sources
Social justice
COVID-19 Student Interviews
Office of Civic and Community Engagement
Winston-Salem (N.C.)
Black lives matter movement
Protest movements--United States
Coffee shops
Artists
Musicians
title
COVID-19 Student Interviews - Priest, Tommy
type
Sound

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