Audio Recording "My mother learned from white people."
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- "My mother learned from white people."
- Contributor Names
- Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
- Choate, Donna. (Interviewee)
- Choate, Donna. (Creator)
- Created / Published
- Sparta, North Carolina
- Subject Headings
- - Quilting
- - personal experience narratives
- - Ethnography
- - Interviews
- - United States -- North Carolina -- Sparta
- - Transcription: GJ: Who taught you how to make your quilts? / DC: My mother. Well, we was growing up. And she would, these people she worked for would give her quilting, people had it pretty rough those days. Black people had it pretty rough, because I remember going home with some of my friends. And I would notice that their beds didn't look like mine. Their quilts were not as good. I noticed their dishes were not as good at the table. And another thing, my mother was a good cook, too. But my mother worked, as I told you, she came up with white people. She learned a lot. Her learning came from living with white people. And as I came along, I did a lot of the same things, did a lot of work with white people. But I never did any sewing or anything of that, just housework. I did a lot of that.
- - Donna Choate is an African-American woman who learned to quilt from her mother who was taught to piece quilts by the white family who raised her. Although at the time of the interview Mrs. Choate had not made quilts for several years, she describes the process, both as her mother practiced it and as she had done it herself. Mrs. Choate had made both utility and fancy quilts, for the use of her family, not for sale. / The microphone was jostled at the beginning of this recording.
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- Sound tape reel : 7 in.
- Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R94
- Source Collection
- Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
- American Folklife Center
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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Donna Choate, and Donna Choate. "My mother learned from white people.". Sparta, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000040/. (Accessed April 25, 2017.)
APA citation style:
Johnson, G. N., Choate, D. & Choate, D. (1978) "My mother learned from white people.". Sparta, North Carolina. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000040/.
MLA citation style:
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Donna Choate, and Donna Choate. "My mother learned from white people.". Sparta, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000040/>.