Katherine Council

Interviewed by Heidi Dodson and Della Pollock and Megan Stanley and Hudson Vaughan and George Barrett and Brittany Walker Anderson and Michael Palmer and Yvonne Cleveland on September 1, 2017
In this interview, Katherine “Mama Kat” Council talks about home and family. She discusses her parents, including her father’s death and her mother’s garden, and she describes where she grew up in rural Chapel Hill. Growing up was very different when Mama Kat was a child; she went to work and started a family early. She talks about the houses she owned, the first one without running water that burned down in a fire started by a lightning strike, and the second house which her uncle helped her find (with no stairs). With the houses came family, one brief marriage followed by one that was much longer, and five kids who all went in very different directions in their lives. Some of them were involved in the Civil Rights Movement and early school integration in Chapel Hill. Mama Kat talks about how Chapel Hill has changed over the years, and in the end she is most proud of taking care of her son Odell who struggled with seizures in the latter portion of his life.

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Katherine Council

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In this interview, Katherine “Mama Kat” Council talks about home and family. She discusses her parents, including her father’s death and her mother’s garden, and she describes where she grew up in rural Chapel Hill. Growing up was very different when Mama Kat was a child; she went to work and started a family early. She talks about the houses she owned, the first one without running water that burned down in a fire started by a lightning strike, and the second house which her uncle helped her find (with no stairs). With the houses came family, one brief marriage followed by one that was much longer, and five kids who all went in very different directions in their lives. Some of them were involved in the Civil Rights Movement and early school integration in Chapel Hill. Mama Kat talks about how Chapel Hill has changed over the years, and in the end she is most proud of taking care of her son Odell who struggled with seizures in the latter portion of his life.

Subject

Council, Katherine

Type

Oral History

Creator

Marian Cheek Jackson Center

Publisher

Marian Cheek Jackson Center

Date

2017-09-01

Rights

Open for research.

Format

mp3

Language

English

Identifier

LH_0171

Coverage

Chapel Hill, NC

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Dodson, Heidi
Pollock, Della
Stanley, Megan
Vaughan, Hudson
Barrett, George
Anderson, Brittany Walker
Palmer, Michael
Cleveland, Yvonne

Interviewee

Council, Katherine "Mama Kat"

Interview Date

2017-09-01

Location

Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History, Chapel Hill, NC

Duration

01:34:53

Collection

Citation

Marian Cheek Jackson Center, “Katherine Council,” Marian Cheek Jackson Center Oral History Trust, accessed March 23, 2019, https://archives.jacksoncenter.info/LH/LH_0171.

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