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Viola Turner, April 15, 1979. Interview C-0015.
From Macon, Georgia, to Durham, North Carolina: An African American Woman Remembers Her Childhood and Early Adult Years in the South: Viola Turner, who served as treasurer of North Carolina Mutual Insurance Company, describes her childhood in Macon, Georgia, and her experiences in Durham, North Carolina. In remembering her life experiences in the early twentieth century, she focuses particularly on education, race relations, the importance of skin color, and segregation in business and leisure activities in the South.
Interviewee: Viola Turner    Interviewer: Walter Weare
Duration: 03:52:00     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 13 excerpts.
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Viola Turner, April 17, 1979. Interview C-0016.
Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender at North Carolina Mutual: In this second part of an extensive two-part interview series, Viola Turner discusses race relations in Durham and her experiences working for North Carolina Mutual. Turner offers vivid and detailed anecdotes that reveal the intricate social and professional network of Durham, primarily in the 1920s and 1930s.
Interviewee: Viola Turner    Interviewer: Walter Weare
Duration: 06:28:10     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 15 excerpts.