Jacqueline Dowdell

Jacqueline Dowdell received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.F.A. from Cornell University. She is a communications coordinator at Cornell Law School. Thanks to her mother’s memories, her grandmother’s meticulous archive of Specialty history, and a newfound enthusiasm for sound, she is working on a memoir about the Specialty Record Shop.

5 responses to “Jacqueline Dowdell”

  1. Sondra says :

    My cousin and all his friend went every Friday after school and picked out new records. He brought them home and let me come down and listen too. He took me to buy my first 45’s and I still play them today on our jukebox. Thanks for sharing your memories.


  2. Nicolas Martin says :

    Thanks so much for writing about the store. My family loved shopping there and there were never more cordial or cool merchants. I miss ‘em!


  3. Darrin says :

    I grew up in Richmond but have since moved away. I brought up the topic of shopping in the Specialty Records shop as a kid, and my aunt found this article. As a white kid growing up in Richmond, shopping there provided my first interactions with anyone African American that I can remember, and it was a very positive experience. Everyone was so nice. I would love to know more about the book or share any memories that I have.
    Good luck with the project!


  4. Carole Godwin says :

    Jacqueline: I knew your grandparents and great aunt and uncle very well. They are a large part of my childhood and teenage memories, and they always treated me as family – that’s probably because of 2 things. My Dad was a great friend of your Grandfather, and I practically lived in that store for years. I would love to be in contact with you at some point – I really miss your family🙂


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