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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|
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)|
|Rights and Usage:|
Forms part of Oral histories of the American South collection.
|Persistent Link to Item:||http://docsouth.unc.edu/sohp/Q-0011/menu.html|