Norma Bell

Interviewed by Rachel Glasser on February 12, 2016
In this interview, Norma Bell describes her wedding experience and her rebelliousness towards perceived unfairness. She describes her personality as being fair, assertive, and opinionated. She also talks about her 44-year marriage to Thomas Bell and their children and grandchildren. Norma’s mother, Mildred Council, went from being a domestic worker to owning her own restaurant, Mama Dip’s. Her mother worked for Roland Giduz as a cook. Her grandfather owned Bill’s Barbecue in Chapel Hill, where her mother worked for some time before working at another food place. Norma wanted to be a childcare worker rather than a cook like her mother. She remembers her mother being the disciplinarian in her family. Her mother reacted strongly when Norma got pregnant as a teenager. The interview ends with Norma’s reflection on her personal growth. She shares how she has grown into a more patient and calm person with the help of her husband. She uses her daughter’s sickness as an example.

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Norma Bell

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In this interview, Norma Bell describes her wedding experience and her rebelliousness towards perceived unfairness. She describes her personality as being fair, assertive, and opinionated. She also talks about her 44-year marriage to Thomas Bell and their children and grandchildren. Norma’s mother, Mildred Council, went from being a domestic worker to owning her own restaurant, Mama Dip’s. Her mother worked for Roland Giduz as a cook. Her grandfather owned Bill’s Barbecue in Chapel Hill, where her mother worked for some time before working at another food place. Norma wanted to be a childcare worker rather than a cook like her mother. She remembers her mother being the disciplinarian in her family. Her mother reacted strongly when Norma got pregnant as a teenager. The interview ends with Norma’s reflection on her personal growth. She shares how she has grown into a more patient and calm person with the help of her husband. She uses her daughter’s sickness as an example.

Subject

Bell, Norma

Type

Oral History

Creator

Marian Cheek Jackson Center

Publisher

Marian Cheek Jackson Center

Contributor

Glasser, Rachel

Rights

Open for research.

Format

MP3 (44,100)

Language

English

Identifier

HOH_0104

Coverage

Chapel Hill, NC

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Glasser, Rachel

Interviewee

Bell, Norma

Interview Date

2016-02-12

Location

Marian Cheek Jackson Center, Chapel Hill, NC

Duration

0:22:25

Collection

Citation

Marian Cheek Jackson Center, “Norma Bell,” Marian Cheek Jackson Center Oral History Trust, accessed August 7, 2020, https://archives.jacksoncenter.info/HOH/HOH_0104.

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Norma Bell is a mother and grandmother. She comes from a family that has long provided rich food for the community of Chapel Hill through restaurants like Bill’s Barbeque and Mama Dip’s.