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ORAL HISTORY

Cindy Sweatt


Golden Rule BBQ

Born in 1955, Cindy Sweatt is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. She started waitressing at the Catfish King in 1974, during her senior year at Woodlawn High School.

She worked in many bars, restaurants, and clubs in Birmingham before coming to Golden Rule BBQ in 1985. In addition to waiting tables at Golden Rule in Irondale, she trained servers at other Golden Rule locations throughout Central Alabama. Throughout Sweatt’s long tenure, she has served multiple generations of Golden Rule regulars.

Date of interview:
2020-01-13

Interviewer:
Michelle Little

Photographer:
Nicole Du Bois

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