Monthly Archives: July 2011

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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Tour de Jackson

“One advantage that Jackson had over Greenwood was the various shows and productions which came to the Auditorium. Mama took us to hear John Philip Sousa’s band and to the Passion Play and other performances. There were some big parades, … Continue reading

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