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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Thomas Samuel Hudson and Elberta Pugh-Hudson, December 18, 1999. Interview K-0283. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Losses during the flooding teach an important lesson about materialism

Elberta Hudson describes some of the material damage caused by the flood, and her reaction to that damage. After she got over her amazement that water was the force that caused the damage in her home—"it didn't seem like water," she says—she started finding precious items that had somehow been spared, like a watch that was a gift from Thomas, and the television. Most of her clothing was destroyed, so she was delighted to receive some shoes and dresses from donors. She thinks God was using her loss to teach her not to value material things and to be humble.

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Oral History Interview with Thomas Samuel Hudson and Elberta Pugh-Hudson, December 18, 1999. Interview K-0283. 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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