Clemson University

Music, Song and Storytelling from Truckstop Shirley


OLLI is hosting “Music, Song and Storytelling from Truckstop Shirley.” Truckstop Shirley – both a book and a musical event – tells the story of the first black woman in South Carolina to manage a truck stop on a major interstate. Shirley, at six foot five inches tall and with size 15 shoes, began her journey picking cotton as the daughter of a tenant farmer; she picked and carried over three hundred pounds of cotton per day. The landowners sold the land on which her family tenant farmed to purchase a truck stop, where Shirley worked as a waitress, cook, and eventually a manager for over 40 years. This is a story of courage, perseverance and survival in the life of Shirley Estrich.

Dr. Romando James, professor emeritus at Clemson University and recent inductee into the 4-H Hall of Fame in Chevy Chase, MD, will be joined by OLLI Board of Advisors President Richard Cowan to bring this musical theatre production to life.


Friday, February 8, 2019 at 2:00pm

Cheezem Education Center, Auditorium 100 Thomas Green Blvd, Clemson, SC 29631

Event Type

Arts/Entertainment, General


Centers and Institutes, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Target Audience

All Audiences

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Julie Vidotto

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