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|Creator:||Burwell, Dorothy Royster. 1931-|
|Creator:||McCoy, James Eddie (James Edward), 1942-|
|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|
|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.) | Soudan (Va.) | Mecklenburg County (Va.)|
|Collection:||Institution:||Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)||Contributors:||Southern Oral History Program | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project) | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library | Oral histories of the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project))||Online Publisher:||[Chapel Hill, N.C.] : University Library, UNC-Chapel Hill. | 2007||Original Material:|
Title from menu page (viewed on Nov. 14, 2008).
Interview participants: Dorothy Royster Burwell, interviewee; Eddie McCoy, interviewer.
This electronic edition is part of the UNC-Chapel Hill digital library, Documenting the American South. It is a part of the collection Oral histories of the American South.
Text encoded by Jennifer Joyner. Sound recordings digitized by Aaron Smithers.
Forms part of Oral histories of the American South collection.
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