“I saw something that no one else could see, and that is me walking around with that big tall hat on.”

As a teenager, Clayton Sherrod worked at an all-white country club in Birmingham, Alabama.

In 1964, when he was just 19, Sherrod became the club’s first African-American executive chef.

At StoryCorps, he remembered how he came to run his first kitchen.

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Sherrod remained executive chef at that same country club for 13 years.

Recorded in Birmingham, Alabama
Music Info: "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry from the album Chuck Berry is on Top.
Produced by Yasmina Guerda
Facilitated by Stephanie Burton
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In partnership with
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and The Birmingham African American Genealogy Study Group