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 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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