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February 28th, 2010
Ollie Giles subject of ‘Voices of Hays County’

022510gilesOllie Giles is the subject of the “Voices of Hays County” video to be shown Sunday at Jackson Chapel.


Long-time San Marcos resident and community activist Ollie Giles is the subject of  the Hays County Historical Commission’s “Voices of Hays County” video to be screened Sunday at 4 p.m at Jackson Chapel, 524 Centre Street. The event is free and open to the public.

The screening of the interview with the spunky and charming Giles is a fitting culmination for the celebration of Black History Month.

Hays County Historical Commission member Jim McCullen conducted a videotaped interview of Giles at the Dunbar Recreation Center, where Giles discussed her early life in San Marcos and her involvement in community activities.

Giles was born in San Marcos in 1933, spent some years with her mother in California and, after graduating from high school and marrying the first of her three husbands, returned to the area.

She was a young mother with an independent professional woman’s life at a time when the culture was not supportive of this lifestyle for women, let alone for an African-American woman. Giles raised seven children here and has become an admired member of the San Marcos community through the past 50 years.

Giles was honored as a member of the San Marcos Women’s Hall of Fame, and said she enjoys the city’s recognition of her forthright manner about “righting wrongs.”

Historical Commission member Richard Kidd is the producer and editor of the commission’s series of oral history videos, “Voices of Hays County.” Bonnie Eissler is the sound technician for the interviews.

Copies of the Ollie Giles DVD will be available for purchase at the event.

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