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Annie Bell Williams Cheatham, March 21, 1995. Interview Q-0015.
A Sharecropper's Daughter Shares Stories of Slavery: A black sharecropper's daughter discusses her difficult upbringing on the farm and the many stories of slavery on which she was raised.
Interviewee: Annie Bell Williams Cheatham    Interviewer: Eddie McCoy
Duration: 01:12:37     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 9 excerpts.
Floyd Alston Jr., November 29, 1995. Interview Q-0002.
One Family's Life in Granville County, North Carolina: Granville County, North Carolina, resident Floyd Alston and his mother, Ethel Thorpe Alston, remember their lives in the area in an interview that touches on, among other topics, racial identity and the struggles of post-emancipation African Americans to find economic and social security.
Interviewee: Floyd Alston    Interviewer: Eddie McCoy
Duration: 00:58:50     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 2 excerpts.
Dorothy Royster Burwell, May 29, 1996. Interview Q-0011.
The Water Comes to Soudan, Virginia: A Government Dam Washes Away a Small Community: Dorothy Royster Burwell describes her family history and remembers the devastating effect of "the water," in the form of a government-built lake, that wiped away her community of Soudan, Virginia.
Interviewee: Dorothy Royster Burwell    Interviewer: Eddie McCoy
Duration: 00:46:44     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 3 excerpts.
Martha Cooley, April 25, 1995. Interview Q-0019.
Quiltings and Cornshuckings: A Childhood in Granville County, North Carolina: Martha Cooley describes her childhood in rural Granville County, North Carolina, during the early part of the twentieth century.
Interviewee: Martha Cooley    Interviewer: Eddie McCoy
Duration: 00:47:18     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 7 excerpts.
Louise Pointer Morton, December 12, 1994. Interview Q-0067.
Growing Up in Rural Granville County, North Carolina, in the Early Twentieth Century: Louise Pointer Morton describes life in rural Granville County, North Carolina, during the early twentieth century. In addition to describing social gatherings and living conditions, Morton speaks at length about her formerly enslaved grandmother's role in the founding of the Jonathon (Johnson) Creek Church, alluding to the centrality of religion as a preeminent social institution within southern African American communities.
Interviewee: Louise Pointer Morton    Interviewer: Eddie McCoy
Duration: 00:47:42     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 6 excerpts.
Serena Henderson Parker, April 13, 1995. Interview Q-0073.
"Good Eating and Everything in the World You Wanted": Growing Up in Rural North Carolina: Serena Henderson Parker, born in 1923, remembers the rural North Carolina of her childhood.
Interviewee: Serena Henderson Parker    Interviewer: Eddie McCoy
Duration: 00:46:51     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 7 excerpts.
Lillian Taylor Lyons, September 11, 1994. Interview Q-0094.
Race Relations in "Forward-Looking" Oxford, North Carolina, During the Early Twentieth Century: Born and raised in Oxford, North Carolina, in the early twentieth century, Lillian Taylor Lyons discusses her family history, her education, and her career as a teacher. Lyons also speaks at length about race relations in Oxford, arguing that Oxford was especially "forward-looking" in comparison to other southern communities.
Interviewee: Lillian Taylor Lyons    Interviewer: Eddie McCoy
Duration: 01:44:09     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 5 excerpts.