Title: Oral History Interview with Thomas Samuel Hudson and Elberta Pugh-Hudson, December 18, 1999. Interview K-0283.
Interviewer: Thompson, Charles
Interviewee: Pugh-Hudson, Elberta
Subjects: North Carolina--Race relations--20th century African Americans--North Carolina--Religion Hurricane Floyd, 1999 Floods--North Carolina White Stocking (N.C.) Disaster relief--North Carolina United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency
Abstract: The Hudsons, both dedicated Christians, saw the presence of God during and after Hurricane Floyd. They explain that God helped them escape the floodwaters and oversaw an astonishing flood of generosity in the storm's aftermath, but also that God used the flood to teach painful lessons about materialism. Elberta believes firmly that God sent the flood expressly for these purposes; Thomas thinks human error caused the flooding. The Hudsons also detail their escape from rising floodwaters and some of the recovery efforts they witnessed and took part in. It might be useful to read this interview with Bert Pickett's, as the two interviews present different religious reactions to the hurricane.