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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Elizabeth and Courtney Siceloff, July 8, 1985. Interview F-0039. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Nelle Morton improved the Fellowship of Southern Churchmen in executive office

Elizabeth Siceloff explains Nelle Morton's vital role as a female executive secretary of the Fellowship of Southern Churchmen. Morton disbanded cliques and helped to bolster the organizational strength of the Fellowship by emphasizing a strong financial standing.

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Oral History Interview with Elizabeth and Courtney Siceloff, July 8, 1985. Interview F-0039. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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DALLAS BLANCHARD Did you have the feeling that any of this carried over, that there were any internal hostilities or cliques over issues and such? ELIZABETH SICELOFF Within the membership and executive committee? DALLAS BLANCHARD Right. ELIZABETH SICELOFF I don't know that, if you try to think through things that might have caused dissention or that sort of thing, I seem to remember that, there would be times when this was detectable, but Nelle Morton would be trying to establish a somewhat independent course. She would have to deal with these people who had been in the organization. In the founding, the old times. Also, she was a woman secretary and these were all men and they were ministers. We were talking at dinner tonight that these were just headstrong individuals and I think it would be inevitable that there would be differences. DALLAS BLANCHARD I know there were differences, but I have not been able to catch a lot of cliques forming or that sort of thing. At that time, not while Nelle was there. ELIZABETH SICELOFF If it was going on, I was not aware of it.