Oral History

Freddie Mae Mitchell - On her family and food

Interviewed by Monica Palmeira on May 7, 2012

Ms. Freddie Mae Mitchell grew up on Graham Street, and as the oldest daughter in her family, she helped her parents by cooking for the rest of the family. Her cousins owned a farm, and her family would get food from them. When she got married she moved to Gomains Street, where she lived for ten years. She had a garden there that provided her with fresh food for her family of eight children. Other foods she would buy from the A&P or The Colonial Drugstore. Ms. Mitchell worked as a cook in the Chapel Hill City Schools in the 1950s, including Estes High School, Chapel Hill School, and Frank Porter Graham Elementary School. Both students and family members have always loved Ms. Mitchell’s desserts, like Peanut Butter Delight, coconut cake, and sweet potato custard.

Freddie Mae Mitchell - On her family and food

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Oral history interview of Mitchell, Freddie Mae conducted by Palmeira, Monica on May 7, 2012 at Home of Freddie Mae Mitchell, Chapel Hill, NC. Processed by Johnston, Michael.

Citation: Marian Cheek Jackson Center, “Freddie Mae Mitchell - On her family and food,” From the Rock Wall, accessed June 13, 2024, https://fromtherockwall.org/oral-histories/freddie-mae-mitchell-3.

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