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To illustrate these oral histories, the Southern Oral History Program has gathered images from photographers across the state. To browse all the photographs included in this collection, scroll down. To see larger images, click on the thumbnail.
An oral history interview being conducted
North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Henry Frye discusses his life history with SOHP graduate research assistant Katie Otis in Justice Frye's Raleigh chambers.
Photograph by Ted Richardson.
Leda Hartman conducts an interview.
Public radio journalist and producer Leda Hartman, a frequent SOHP research team participant, interviews a highway construction engineer for a feature story.
Photograph by Rob Amberg.
Poor housing typical of conditions too often present in segregated North Carolina neighborhoods under Jim Crow at mid-century.
Machine scraping the mountain down to grade, Bear Branch, Madison County, NC.
Photograph by Rob Amberg.
Interior of the Little Creek Cafe, Highway 23 and the Laurel River Road, Madison County, NC.
Photograph by Rob Amberg.
Cavenaugh's Restaurant known for its barbeque, fried chicken, fresh vegetables, and grape hull pie, pleads with passersby for help in rebuilding after the flood.
Photograph by Rob Amberg.
A two story house in Rocky Mount, NC was completely swept off the foundation and washed away at a 90 degree angle and 45 degree pitch during flooding after Hurricane Floyd in 1999.
Photograph by Martha Daniel.
A scene from Rocky Mount's Candlewood neighborhood, where Stony Creek, a Tar River tributary, became a torrent.
Photograph by Martha Daniel.
FEMA contractors clear debris, all that remained of a home ruined by the flooding in Duplin County's Northeast community.
Photograph by Rob Amberg.
Howard and Lucille Babbitt, interviewed in Rob Amberg's \"I-26\" project in Madison County, pick apples one last time before their orchard is destroyed to make way for the new I-26 superhighway. Madison County, NC.
Photograph by Rob Amberg.
Storage units all over town were flooded; all contents ruined and piled on the streets. Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
Photograph by Martha Daniel.
The flood ruined thousands of dwellings, rendering many permanently uninhabitable.
Photograph by Rob Amberg.
Headstones and footstones being removed from the Little Ivy Church Cemetery in preparation for exhuming the graves, Mars Hill, NC.
Photograph by Rob Amberg.
A boat was washed away and became wedged between two trees as a result of flooding after Hurricane Floyd in 1999.
Photograph by Martha Daniel.
I-26, just north of the new NC Visitor Center on the night before the grand opening.
Photograph by Rob Amberg.
Power shovel clearing rubble, Little Creek, Madison County, NC.
Photograph by Rob Amberg.
Ruined household items awaiting removal in Rocky Mount, NC, in the aftermath of the 1999 Hurricane Floyd flooding.
Photograph by Martha Daniel.