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Oral history interview with Louise Pointer Morton, December 12, 1994

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Creator:Morton, Louise Pointer, 1910-2001
Creator:McCoy, James Eddie (James Edward), 1942-
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Louise Pointer Morton, December 12, 1994
Date:1994 Dec. 12
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Louise Pointer Morton was born in Granville County, North Carolina, in 1910. Morton begins the interview by describing her grandmother's role in the founding of the Jonathon Creek Church (intermittently called the Johnson Creek Church in the interview). Although she does not recall the specific date of the church's construction, Morton explains that her grandmother acquired land for the church from the Pittard family, to whom she was enslaved and seems to have continued to work for following her emancipation. With the gift of land, Morton and other African Americans in the community built a log church. The church was eventually replaced and a school for local African American children was also built on the land. Morton's grandmother had purchased five acres by the church and the school, where she raised her nine children and where many of her grandchildren also lived. Morton describes growing up in this community, relating her school and church experience and life without electricity or running water. Despite the lack of luxuries, Morton recalls with fondness how the community gathered to socialize and to work together during corn shuckings, and she expresses pride in her family's self-sufficiency. Additionally, in her recollections of the Jonathon (Johnson) Creek Church, Morton throws into relief the centrality of religion as a preeminent social institution within southern African American communities.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Morton, Louise Pointer, 1910-2001 | African American women--North Carolina-- Granville County | African Americans--North Carolina--Granville County--Social life and customs | Country life--North Carolina--Granville County | United States, North Carolina, Granville 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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