Annie Hargett - On her career, father, and growing up in Chapel HillInterviewed by Andrea Wuerth on November 10, 2017
Annie Burnett Hargett is a Northside “legacy seller.” She was born in Chatham County, where the family owned a large piece of land but moved to Chapel Hill to find work at the university. She remembers growing up poor, but lacking nothing. She talks about black businesses, Northside school and Lincoln High, the families in the neighborhood and says she was taught to know her place. For this reason she feels she did not experience racism until she went to Memphis as a nanny for a local family. She was the first girl in her family to get a college education—a bachelor’s in nursing from Winston-Salem State and later, a master’s degree from the University of Maryland. What followed was a successful career in nursing and teaching; after ten years in Baltimore, where she and her husband found work and her children were born, she returned to the area, taught at NCCU and later worked as a nursing supervisor at Duke. She discusses the central role her father played in her life and how she followed his wishes and cared for her ailing mother after his death for ten years. She also discusses her struggle with depression, especially after her father’s death. Finally, she discusses her decision to sell the houses she inherited from her father to EmPOWERment and gave away most everything she earned from this. “I’ve always been a giver.” Her interview gives abundant evidence that she truly is.
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