Isabel Atwater

Interviewed by Hudson Vaughan and George Barrett on November 5, 2014
Ms. Atwater speaks about life growing up in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area during World War II. She shares her experiences with her husband, Roy Atwater and her education at the rural Merritt School and Orange County Training School. She was familiar with food rations throughout the time and had various occupations including the laundry business, sewing work, and cashier work. She attended church service at Mount Zion Baptist Church and also attended Civil Rights marches in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. She shares her stories of segregation and the interpersonal dynamics during Civil Rights, especially her relationships with neighbors. She speaks on the black businesses that used to be on Franklin Street that are now obsolete. She mentions the Durham Laundry the Blackwood Family; raising animals and gardens; Sutton’s Drugstore; Empowerment Inc.; community in Northside neighborhood. She concludes the interview with her thoughts on growing older.

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Isabel Atwater

Description

Ms. Atwater speaks about life growing up in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area during World War II. She shares her experiences with her husband, Roy Atwater and her education at the rural Merritt School and Orange County Training School. She was familiar with food rations throughout the time and had various occupations including the laundry business, sewing work, and cashier work. She attended church service at Mount Zion Baptist Church and also attended Civil Rights marches in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. She shares her stories of segregation and the interpersonal dynamics during Civil Rights, especially her relationships with neighbors. She speaks on the black businesses that used to be on Franklin Street that are now obsolete. She mentions the Durham Laundry the Blackwood Family; raising animals and gardens; Sutton’s Drugstore; Empowerment Inc.; community in Northside neighborhood. She concludes the interview with her thoughts on growing older.

Subject

Atwater, Isabel

Type

Oral History

Creator

Marian Cheek Jackson Center

Publisher

Marian Cheek Jackson Center

Date

2014-11-05

Format

MP3 (224000 bitrate)

Language

English

Identifier

LH_0160

Coverage

Chapel Hill, NC

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Vaughan, Hudson
Barrett, George

Interviewee

Atwater, Isabel

Interview Processor

Simpson, Caroline

Interview Date

2014-11-05

Location

Unknown

Transcription

N/a

Duration

1:16:21

Collection

Citation

Marian Cheek Jackson Center, “Isabel Atwater,” Marian Cheek Jackson Center Oral History Trust, accessed September 22, 2020, https://archives.jacksoncenter.info/LH/LH_0160.

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