Monthly Archives: July 2011

Sara, Meet Marjorie

“Mrs. Miller [Lena White Miller’s mother] was older than our mothers and was not feeling well most of the time. Mama said she was having change of life but failed to explain to me what this meant. In fact, she … Continue reading

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Life with Lena

“Lena White and I had a lot of fun together, but sometimes we had terrible fusses and one time when she had stopped by my house so we could go to the Saturday movie at the Paramount she made me … Continue reading

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Uptown Girl

“I really enjoyed being two blocks from Howard Street where all the stores were. Mama would never let us cross the street until we were half grown, but after we moved to Big’s house she decided it would be all … Continue reading

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Life Goes On

“My close friends that year [1932-33] were Mary Charlotte Clarke, who is still a very close friend, Elizabeth Ann Colvard and Mary Hayes Crow. We played together, and went to each other’s houses, and skated together. Elizabeth Ann’s father, Mr. … Continue reading

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Never the Same Again

“We had a Negro woman named Irma who helped with the cleaning, ironing, etc. Some days she would stand at that ironing board all day long. She made $3.00 a week, which was the average being made by maids at … Continue reading

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Big and Uncle Roy

“Big (Olive West Stott) was five years older than Mama. She had been the first member of the family to leave Holmes County when she came to Greenwood to go into nurses’ training. The hospital then was in a big … Continue reading

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The Saints of East Washington

“Mama did not know what she was going to do and did not want to stay on in Jackson with no family there. Big and Uncle Roy, who are bound to have been saints, suggested we just all move in … Continue reading

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“So Sweet and Kind and Good”

“In September I entered the sixth grade at Whitfield School. I was especially happy with school that fall. Our teacher, Miss Carrie Trussell, had asked me to be the one to go out in the hall and answer the phone … Continue reading

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Summer of ’32

“Mama had to stay in bed for awhile after she came home, and a black woman named Ruth helped out around the house. We stayed at home a lot that summer, had a lot of tea parties, and when she … Continue reading

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And Baby Makes Five

“Things changed at home during that last year in Jackson. Daddy was gone an awful lot. Mama was not well, and Bama had her usual ailments. Mama had gained even more weight and was having trouble with high blood pressure … Continue reading

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