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Punch on the Porch
September 15, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pmFree
On September 15th, we will have special guests Paul Dorsey and Tea Dorsey. Paul and Tea are second cousins. Their great grandfather was Thomas Dorsey, Solomon Dorsey’s blacksmith. Both are longtime African American residents of Fayette County. They will talk about growing up in the County and how it has changed over their lifetime.
Paul Dorsey Jr.
Paul, Jr was born in December of 1928 to Paul and Solonia Dorsey in the Rearover District of Fayette County. Paul, Jr. started school in Fairburn in 1934, the black school in Fairburn was closer than the one in Tyrone. Paul, Jr finished school at Red Oak in South Fulton. He sought additional education at the vocational school in Fayette County. In 1956, Paul started working for Colonial Stores. That same year, Paul, Jr. married his longtime sweetheart, Rosetta. They have 9 children. In 1974, Paul left Colonial Stores and went to work for Dixie Engine Company as a shop technician where he retired 20 years later. He currently lives in College Park where he enjoys spending time with his family and going to church.
Thomas “Tea” Dorsey
Thomas, commonly referred to as Tea, was born in September of 1930 to Gene and Matie Dorsey on New Hope Road in Fayetteville. Tea went to school from 1st to 10th grade in the United Benevolent Aid Society lodge on Church Street. When he finished school, he started working at Commercial Cold Storage. Tea met his wife, Ethel, in 1948. They married in 1952 and have 6 children. Tea retired from Commercial Cold Storage in 1994. He currently lives less than a mile from Paul in College Park. He spends his time telling stories about his life to his family or anyone who’ll listen and going to church.