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Oral history interview with Serena Henderson Parker, April 13, 1995

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Creator:Parker, Serena Henderson, 1923-
Creator:McCoy, James Eddie (James Edward), 1942-
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Serena Henderson Parker, April 13, 1995
Date:1995 Apr. 13
Description:

Serena Henderson Parker was born in the small town of Huntsville, North Carolina, in 1923, the daughter of a sharecropper who eventually bought his own farm. Never enslaved because of their light skin, Parker's grandparents and great grandparents, though rural farmers and laborers, were educated and literate; Parker herself was educated in segregated schools and began a teaching career in 1946. In this interview, Parker remembers her childhood in rural North Carolina; recalls her education in a one-room schoolhouse; reflects on her family history, which includes brushes with slavery; and describes her rural community. This interview will be particularly useful to researchers interested in the foodways and social lives of African Americans in early and mid-twentieth-century rural North Carolina.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Parker, Serena Henderson, 1923- | African American women--North Carolina--Granville County | African Americans--North Carolina--Granville County--Social life and customs | Country life--North Carolina--Granville County | African Americans--Education--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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