Sept. 15 museum back porch event features conversation with African-American Dorsey cousins

Holliday Dorsey Fife Museum porch

The Holliday Dorsey Fife Museum is excited to host a special event at the Museum on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. Thomas “Tea” Dorsey and Paul Dorsey, Jr. will share part of their life stories growing up as African Americans in Fayette County.

Tea and Paul have deep roots in Fayette County. Their great-grandfather was Thomas Dorsey, who served as Solomon Dorsey’s blacksmith.

Tea was born in September 1930 to Gene and Matie Dorsey on New Hope Road in Fayetteville. He attended school from grades 1-10 at the United Benevolent Aid Society lodge on Church Street in Downtown Fayetteville. When he finished school, he started working at Commercial Cold Storage in Jonesboro.

Tea met his wife Ethel in 1948. They married in 1952 and have 6 children. Tea retired from Commercial Cold Storage in 1994 and currently lives less than a mile from Paul in College Park.

Paul, Jr. was born in December 1928 to Paul and Solonia Dorsey in the Rareover District of Fayette County. He started school in Fairburn in 1934. (The black school in Fairburn was closer to him than the one in Tyrone.) He finished school at Red Oak in South Fulton.

Paul, Jr. sought additional education at the vocational school in Fayette County. In 1956, he started working for Colonial Stores. That same year, he married his longtime sweetheart Rosetta. They have 9 children.

In 1974, Paul left Colonial Stores and went to work for Dixie Engine Company as a shop technician where he retired 20 years later.

This event is free, but seating is limited. If you have any questions or subjects that you would like Tea or Paul to address, submit them in advance to Include “Punch question” in the subject line.

The Holliday Dorsey Fife Museum is located off the Fayetteville square at 140 West Lanier Avenue. Normal operating hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Sep 6, 2018 1:44 pm |