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Lucille Young was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1928. Her father and her five brothers and sisters lived on eight different plantations throughout Mississippi during her childhood; her mother became ill and died when she was an infant. Lucille attended school up to tenth grade, then worked at the Swift Packing Company, a box factory, and as a house cleaner and nanny. She married and had eight children, seventeen grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren.
She moved to Portland, Maine, in 1967, after her eldest daughter got a JobCorps position in the city. She initially got a job in a store downtown, then at Fairchild. In the interview she discusses her service and leadership in her church, caring for neighborhood children, the African American community in Portland, and family traditions and lessons passed down from her parents.
Osman, Anab, "Young Lucille" (2001). Home Is Where I Make It Oral History Project. 6.