Robert W. Black

Interview of Robert W. Black for the Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner Digital Library an initiative of the Cumberland County Historical Society. Black discusses growing up on a farm in Gardners, Pennsylvania during the Great Depression.

Blair Williams, "Robert W. Black, September 14, 2016," in the Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner Digital Library,, (accessed Month Day, Year).

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