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ORAL HISTORY

Shavana James


Southern Maid Donuts

Shavana James, born in 1980, was raised in Bossier City, Louisiana. In 1999, while driving down Barksdale Boulevard in Bossier City, just before her nineteenth birthday, she saw a new Southern Maid Donuts location under construction. She walked in, applied for a job, and was hired on the spot.

At this location, employees prepare donut glaze, white icing, pink icing, chocolate icing, and maple icing all in-house. The large, crunchy and flat apple fritters are a favorite for many local patrons. Shavana builds relationships with her customers, believing that “God has her here for a reason.” Twenty-three years and multiple store owners later, she says her regular customers continue to bring her joy.

Date of interview:
2022-02-23

Interviewer:
Dr. Jaime Cantrell

Photographer:
Shannon Palmer

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