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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 >>

White customers refuse to ride with black taxi drivers

White customers would often refuse to ride with black drivers after calling Graham's taxi service, he recalls.

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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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Of course, when I started the taxi business, down on the Mill Hill, like Burlington, down where they go - they'd call us and if we went down there and they saw we was black they'd come to the door and go back - shut the door in our face - but now, it's … they ride or walk
AMANDA COVINGTON:
Yeah.
TERRY GRAHAM:
Because there's nothing else but black driving taxis now. No big deal over, over that. Just went along with the mood - because if we didn't make any money, we just didn't make none, that was it.