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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Geraldine Ray, September 13, 1977. Interview R-0128. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Ray's grandfather had white ancestry but did not discuss race relations

Ray and her grandparents interacted often with whites in their community, but they did not talk to her about race relations, possibly because her grandfather was part-white.

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Oral History Interview with Geraldine Ray, September 13, 1977. Interview R-0128. 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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KELLY ELAINE NAVIES:
Who were you living with at that time?
GERALDINE RAY:
I was living with my grandparents. My father's mother and father, which he died in '48, in 1948.
KELLY ELAINE NAVIES:
Oh, he died when you were very young.
GERALDINE RAY:
Yeah, I had just turned 11 years old. I turned 11 on the tenth and he died on the twelfth.
KELLY ELAINE NAVIES:
So, what did granddaddy Whiteside and grandmother Whiteside have to say about race relations? Did they tell you things about that at all?
GERALDINE RAY:
Well, he was; See, his daddy was white. Granddaddy Whiteside's daddy was white. So, there's really nothing he ever said because he ran with em too. So, I've never heard them speak one way or the other about it.