Saying Farewell to a Life-Long Sidekick

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Mandred and Otis

Mandred (left) and Otis, as photographed on Otis' wedding day. Mandred was the best man. Courtesy StoryCorps hide caption

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In today's segment from the StoryCorps Griot Initiative, Otis Wade remembers the good times he shared with his long-time friend Mandred Henry, who died earlier this year.

Mandred and Otis knew each other for more than 60 years. They remained close, even when living in different cities. On the day before Mandred's funeral, Otis remembered his friend in an interview with Mandred's granddaughter.

The StoryCorps Griot Initiative travels the country collecting the recollections of black Americans. The Story Corps Griot Booth is currently in Oakland, Calif. All the Griot Initiative recordings are archived at the Library of Congress. A copy of each interview will also go to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.

To find out where the StoryCorps Griot Initiative will be next, visit the StoryCorps Website. To locate a StoryCorps recording booth, visit News & Notes' new blog, "News & Views".

This week's segment was produced by Katie Simon. Senior Producer for StoryCorps is Michael Garofalo.

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