Katherine Council

Interviewed by Rita Phetmixay on March 31, 2011
Ms. Council, fondly known as Mama Kat, grew up on a farm in Chapel Hill down Jones Ferry Road and has lived in various places in the area her entire life. She went to the Northside school when it was just a one-room schoolhouse. She grew up as one of nine children and had lots of kids herself: one of her daughters was one of the first five African American students to attend an integrated school. She has seen the community change in many ways, from raising housing prices to sports to shifting racial dynamics. Ms. Council worked at several elementary schools and at a laundromat, and she experienced and witnessed racial discrimination in each workplace. Today, she is involved with St. Joseph’s Church and especially with Heavenly Groceries food ministry.

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Katherine Council

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Ms. Council, fondly known as Mama Kat, grew up on a farm in Chapel Hill down Jones Ferry Road and has lived in various places in the area her entire life. She went to the Northside school when it was just a one-room schoolhouse. She grew up as one of nine children and had lots of kids herself: one of her daughters was one of the first five African American students to attend an integrated school. She has seen the community change in many ways, from raising housing prices to sports to shifting racial dynamics. Ms. Council worked at several elementary schools and at a laundromat, and she experienced and witnessed racial discrimination in each workplace. Today, she is involved with St. Joseph’s Church and especially with Heavenly Groceries food ministry.

Subject

Council, Katherine

Type

Oral History

Creator

Marian Cheek Jackson Center

Publisher

Marian Cheek Jackson Center

Date

2011-03-31

Format

MP3 (160,000)

Language

English

Identifier

LH_0146

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Interviewer

Rita Phetmixay

Interviewee

Katherine Council

Interview Processor

Rita Phetmixay

Interview Date

2011-03-31

Duration

1:01:20

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Citation

Marian Cheek Jackson Center, “Katherine Council,” Marian Cheek Jackson Center Oral History Trust, accessed May 31, 2020, https://archives.jacksoncenter.info/LH/LH_0146.

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