Reflections on Perry "Tiger" Thompson from family friend Peacolia Barge


Reflections on Perry "Tiger" Thompson from family friend Peacolia Barge


Perry “Tiger” Thompson (b. 1908, d. Apr 26, 1973) – Part two of three interviews - the second interview about Mr. Thompson from the recollections of family friend Peacolia Barge from Bessemer. She recalls his working with the youth and encouraging them to join the armed forces. She remembers his run for Lieutenant Governor in 1968. She was making an effort to record these successes.


Peacolia Barge
Bob Friedman


Birmingham Black Radio Museum


November 5, 1993


Mark Usry
Emily Bibb








Bob Friedman


Peacolia Barge


Transcript from audio snippet:

Peacolia Barge: I went over there to find that and I was surprised that they did not have any information on him on, in the computer concerning, uh, Negro History Week for the mere fact that he was the first Black to run for lieutenant governor even though he withdrew from it. It was an article in the Birmingham Newspaper. They had that article in there.

Bob Friedman: They did?

PB: Uh, yes its there.

BF: Under the archives?

PB: Uh, its under...its in the archives.

BF: Under what?

PB: No its not. It’s not downstairs in the archives department.

BF: In Southern Research?

PB: It’s in Southern Research.

BF: Uh huh

PB: On its main floor.

BF: And um...yeah.

PB: Its under, um, Campaigns in 1968.


Full interview: 20 minutes
Audio snippet: 2 minutes


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Tiger 2 snippet.mp3
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Peacolia Barge and Bob Friedman, “Reflections on Perry "Tiger" Thompson from family friend Peacolia Barge,” The Birmingham Black Radio Museum, accessed June 25, 2024,

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Dr. Rhoda Barge Johnson

Mrs. Peacolia Barge is my mother. She passed away August 20, 2010. We did not know that she had done this particular interview. We found out about it quite by accident. She did many over the years, but few have been featured as this interview. Mom was the unofficial historian for our family and for the Bessemer community, which was predominantly African American. She made sure that information on prominent community members was available at the libraries in both Bessemer and Birmingham. She educated the librarians on how to find and document data from rarely used sources.  Her husband, Foy Sr.; two sons, Robert and Foy Jr; and I were filled with joy to know that she is part of your museum.

Thankfully yours,

Rhoda Barge Johnson

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