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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Terry Graham, March 22, 1999. Interview K-0434. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Segregation in Mooresville

Graham remembers segregated Mooresville, a place where blacks ordered food to go at whites-only restaurants and were restricted to the balcony of the local movie theater.

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Oral History Interview with Terry Graham, March 22, 1999. Interview K-0434. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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So at that time, were all the restaurants in Mooresville pretty much segregated?
TERRY GRAHAM:
Yeah, they were all segregregated. Most of them had a little section where the black could go and be served, yeah, and had one or two seats where they could sit down, but not no whole lot that … They could get sandwiches and carryout.
AMANDA COVINGTON:
What about at the movies?
TERRY GRAHAM:
At the movies?
AMANDA COVINGTON:
Uh-huh.
TERRY GRAHAM:
Yeah, the movies were segregated. We were upstairs at the movies - up in the balcony.
AMANDA COVINGTON:
Okay. I was talking to a white fellow who's a principal now and he said that remembers when they first stopped separating that, he says, a lot of the white people wanted to go sit up in the balcony too because they liked being able to sit up there.
TERRY GRAHAM:
Uh-huh.