Oral History

Kathy Atwater - On food

Interviewed by Monica Palmeira on March 29, 2012

Ms. Atwater gives an overview of food access in the community when she was growing up and how her family’s attitudes toward food have developed over the course of her life. Starting with a discussion of her mother’s kitchen and garden, she describes the role of food in her family and in the neighborhood community, and highlights the importance of food as a centerpiece for social gatherings and celebrations. She discusses how she learned some cooking techniques from her mother and her uncle, and how she is still learning and changing her methods. She recalls the different restaurants, grocery stores and local markets in the neighborhood, such as the Country Junction, Bill’s Barbecue, Hollywood Grill, Mama Dip’s, Dillard’s Barbecue, Pan-Pan Restaurant, Cliff’s Meat Market, Weaver Store on Brooks Street, Mason’s Store, Fowler’s, and A&P.

Kathy Atwater - On food

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Oral history interview of Atwater, Kathy conducted by Monica Palmeira on March 29, 2012 at Lindsay Street, Chapel Hill, NC .

Citation: Marian Cheek Jackson Center, “Kathy Atwater - On food,” From the Rock Wall, accessed September 20, 2021, https://fromtherockwall.org/oral-histories/kathy-atwater-2.

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