Oral History

Judy Nunn Snipes and Gertrude Nunn - Speaking about the Rogers-Eubanks community

Interviewed by Darius Scott on October 9, 2014

“I just have to say it was two proud families that basically loved the land and raised their families and contributed to the economy. There were lots of talents on both sides of the family- there was nothing her brothers couldn’t do.”

- Judy Nunn Snipes

This interview is part of an SOHP project called Rural South: Backways: Understanding Segregation in the Rural South. The interviews were conducted in the rural piedmont region and eastern North Carolina about the often hidden forces of structural and institutional discrimination that have outlasted the victories of the civil rights movement. The project explores space, place, and identity and examines issues like poverty, crime, and racial segregation. Mother, Gertrude Nunn, and daughter, Judy Nunn Snipes, are lifelong residents of Chapel Hill, N.C. Born in 1921 to the namesake of Rogers Road: Freeman Hollis Stone Walter Jackson Rogers, Nunn discusses her childhood and young occupational experiences that came with growing up on a truck farm. Gertrude and Judy discuss their family experiences and the changing physicality and nature of the Rogers Road community. Through their words on the relationship between the Rogers and the Nunns (a family into which Gertrude married), a rich account of the Rogers-Eubanks community's history and formation is outlined. The account situates the presence of the Rogers Road landfill as a particular hardship for the community. In the interview, a once relatively pristine environment of Rogers Road is detailed alongside stories of the family's century-long relationship with the land. They discuss struggles with the local Orange County government to protect the land and combat environmental degradation precipitated by the landfill. Gertrude and Judy reflect on the lives, occupations, and land inheritances of some of their relatives.

Judy Nunn Snipes and Gertrude Nunn - Speaking about the Rogers-Eubanks community

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Oral history interview of Snipes, Judy Nunn conducted by Scott, Darius on October 9, 2014 at Home of Gertrude Nunn, Chapel Hill, NC. Processed by Council, Sally C..

Citation: Southern Oral History Program, “Judy Nunn Snipes and Gertrude Nunn - Speaking about the Rogers-Eubanks community,” From the Rock Wall, accessed May 19, 2024, https://fromtherockwall.org/oral-histories/judy-nunn-snipes-and-gertrude-nunn-speaking-about-the-rogers-eubanks-community.

Rights: Open for research. The Southern Oral History Program (SOHP) welcomes non-commercial use and access that qualifies as fair use to all unrestricted interview materials in the collection. The researcher must cite and give proper credit to the SOHP. The SOHP requests that the researcher informs the SOHP as to how and where they are using the material.

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