Oral History

Martrina Morrow - On food and food accessibility

Interviewed by Monica Palmeira on April 9, 2012

This interview provides discussion of food, especially the process of getting food, and the amount of food you could buy. Furthermore, Morrow describes the change in money changes to affect how much food you can buy. She also demonstrates how money affects traditions. Her area had no farmers market to get healthier options. Thus, she talks about the importance of gardens. Aside from food, she discusses the importance of hospitality, the spirit of giving, and the willingness to give. She recalls her memories of the 1960’s and 1970’s especially as it relates to work ethic and low wages. She recalls having a nearby food store called Betty’s grocery. She goes on to share her personal stance on people not giving as much as they used to and her experience of giving clothes to goodwill. There is no tax right off. She holds the stance of not giving to thrift shop based on newness of clothes. She continues on to share her experience of having loving parents. This way she had lessons learned from parents on love and discipline. She believes that kids today are aggressive. She recalls her experience of disobeying mother to see the movie The Ten Commandments, and how she has an appreciation for her mother. Her mother taught her what a family should be. Since she was one of eight children, she had different experiences with siblings. She remembers eating lunch at sister’s house and attending Northside elementary. Because of this, she shares her opinion on the new elementary school. She stresses the importance of protest or protest as a part of her life. She shares an account of the HKLJ march in Raleigh and her experience with Hells Angles. She had cousins murdered by Hell’s Angels, and there was protesting around the country. She recalls her experience with Rebecca Clark. Her love of justice, and passion for marching came to topic. She talks about her experience about Historic Thousands on Jones Street march. There was a murder of the owner of Crooks Corner. She sees Chapel Hill as a beautiful place to live, but the murder rocked community. Safety is now harder to come by. She recalls her experience with segregation at an Ice House, bus segregation. The interview concludes with discussion of her favorite places to eat, a historical comparison of food, government regulations, and changes in the food industry.

Martrina Morrow - On food and food accessibility

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Oral history interview of Morrow, Matrina conducted by Palmeira, Monica on April 9, 2012 at Home of Matrina Morrow, Chapel Hill, NC. Processed by Kauffman, Carey.

Citation: Marian Cheek Jackson Center, “Martrina Morrow - On food and food accessibility,” From the Rock Wall, accessed May 20, 2022, https://fromtherockwall.org/oral-histories/martrina-morrow-2.

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