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Sonya Twitty


The Bright Star

Sonya Twitty, born in 1972, was raised in Bessemer, Alabama. Her career in food and beverage began with her first job as a cashier at Burger King. As a senior in high school, she worked at the Iron Skillet, a truck stop and diner off of the interstate. She learned everything she could there. She served, managed, and did administrative work including bookkeeping.

In 1994, when she was 21 years old, Twitty became the cashier at The Bright Star Restaurant. Gradually, she added new skills to her job, learning how to serve tables in 2000 and how to bartend in 2001. She manages the bar at The Bright Star.

Date of interview:
2020-02-04

Interviewer:
Annemarie Anderson

Photographer:
Nicole Du Bois

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