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Sallie Phillips Smith Oral History Interview, June 12, 1973

Oral History #OH0011

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Title: Sallie Phillips Smith Oral History Interview
Creators: Lennon, Donald R.
Smith, Sallie Phillips
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 0.005 Cubic feet, 1 audiocasette, 1.5 hour, 27 pages.

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Copyright Notice

Repository does not own copyright to the oral history collection. Permission to cite, reproduce, or broadcast must be obtained from both the repository and the participants in the oral history, or their heirs.

Preferred Citation

Sallie Phillips Smith Oral History Interview (#OH0011), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Sallie Phillips Smith

Processing Information

  • Processed by C. Carter, April 1984

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services

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Mrs. Sallie Amelia Phillips Smith taught in the rural Negro schools of eastern North Carolina for more than forty-four years. She was born in 1877 to former slave parents from Edgecombe County. Educated at Bricks School (named for Joseph Keasbey Brick) in Edgecombe Co., N.C., Mrs. Phillips taught in Nash, Pitt, and Martin County schools before retiring in 1954 (?).

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Mrs. Smith discusses her parents' lives as slaves and as free citizens. Particular topics of interest include the circumstances surrounding the sale of her mother from Hyde to Edgecombe County owners. Also two fables are recited, "The Lark and the Young Ones," and "One Simple John Proctor," originally told to her by her father.

Some material in the interview concerns Mrs. Smith's years as a student at Bricks School. She describes how the school was established and recalls student life and her own experiences there.

An educator for at least forty-four years, Mrs. Smith taught in several elementary schools, including a one-teacher schoolhouse. She describes her teaching methods, problems with attendance, tuberculosis among children and its treatment, student-teacher relationships, and general reminiscences of her career.

Mrs. Smith briefly discusses her retirement years. Accompanying the twenty-six page transcript is her newspaper obituary dated May 15, 1978.

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Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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