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Oral history interview with Dorothy Royster Burwell, May 29, 1996

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Creator:Burwell, Dorothy Royster. 1931-
Creator:McCoy, James Eddie (James Edward), 1942-
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Dorothy Royster Burwell, May 29, 1996
Date:1996 May 29
Description:

At the time of this interview, Dorothy Royster Burwell was living in what was once Soudan, Virginia, on the North Carolina-Virginia border. In this interview, she describes her family history and the displacement of area residents by dam projects. Burwell's community was washed away in the early 1950s by a man-made lake which covered African Americans' homes, shops, cemeteries, and farms. Burwell remembers a vibrant community; today, it is hard to find on the map. This interview shows what a powerful force water is, even under controlled conditions, clearing families from their homes and erasing communities; it also reveals the power of a government that can demand its citizens vacate their homes. Burwell's memory of Soudan helps keep the community alive.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Burwell, Dorothy Royster, 1931- | African American women--Virginia--Soudan | African Americans--Relocation--Virginia--Soudan | African Americans--Land tenure--Virginia--Soudan | Soudan (Va.)--Social life and customs | Reservoirs--Social aspects--Virginia--Soudan | John H. Kerr Reservoir (Va. and N.C.) | United States, Virginia, Soudan | United States, Virginia, Mecklenburg 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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