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Oral history interview with Terry Graham, March 22, 1999

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Creator:Graham, Terry, 1919?-
Creator:Covington, Amanda
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Terry Graham, March 22, 1999
Date:1999 Mar. 22

Mooresville, North Carolina, resident and taxi service operator Terry Graham describes his changing town in this interview. He worries that the town has "just outgrown itself" and is at risk of being swallowed up by nearby Charlotte; already, businesspeople from the racing industry are infiltrating the town, says Graham, and he worries about the effects of the closing of Burlington Mill on African Americans. The future for Mooresville as Graham sees it does not look bright for its lower-income residents. Perhaps the most significant change Graham describes is desegregation. He remembers a relatively uneventful process: though the white and black community disagreed about whether it was the white school or the black school that should undergo the conversion to an integrated facility, that and other questions were handled peacefully, even when Martin Luther King's assassination roiled the community. This interview offers a glimpse of a town in flux, sprawling toward an uncertain future.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Graham, Terry, 1919?- | African American businesspeople--North Carolina--Mooresville | School integration--North Carolina--Mooresville | Mooresville (N.C.)--Race relations | Mooresville (N.C.)--Economic conditions | United States, North Carolina, Mooresville | United States, North Carolina, Iredell County
Collection:Oral Histories of the American South: The Civil Rights Movement
Institution:Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Contributors:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project)
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