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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Geraldine Ray, September 13, 1977. Interview R-0128. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Black high school teaches Bible verses and devotionals

Children at the black high school near Barnardsville learned Bible verses and devotionals, and some of them still trigger memories for Ray.

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Oral History Interview with Geraldine Ray, September 13, 1977. Interview R-0128. 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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KELLY ELAINE NAVIES:
What are your favorite passages?
GERALDINE RAY:
I have several. I like the 100th Psalm, I like that quite a bit. And there are some others, but uh see even when we were in school down here that was one thing-see every Wednesday we had Bible study.
KELLY ELAINE NAVIES:
In the school?
GERALDINE RAY:
In the school, then. See, even in high school we had Devotions. We always had Devotions, not until the atheist come in and stop that did that stop here. So, that was just a part of you, that's something you'd go and do so then you I really knew the Bible good then. Better than I do now, now I can't remember things, I can't remember where I find the passages and things like I could then. It's the matter I'm not trying, but I just can't contain it, due to some sickness and some of the medication I have that has affected my memory. So, that's another reason for that. I'm almost through reading the Bible. We have been seeing how many can read through the Bible and I'm almost through, but I can't retain it like I used to. But, when I hear it, I know it. If that makes any sense to you.