Oral History

Mary Norwood Jones - On her experiences at Orange County Training School

Interviewed by Bob Gilgor on January 29, 2001

“First of all, I think that any person who comes to this community to teach in the school system should have a tour of Chapel Hill prior to teaching, so that they will know where the different neighborhoods are and what the neighborhoods are all about. They should know where the historical places are, not have to read them in the paper and then wonder where they are and what happened.”

- Mary Norwood Jones

This interview is part of an oral history project called Southern Communities Listening for a Change: Mighty Tigers—Oral Histories of Chapel Hill’s Lincoln High School. Mary Norwood Jones is an African American woman who graduated from what was then called Orange County Training School in 1951. Jones reflects with Bob Gilgor on her experiences playing basketball and being a member of the drama and band clubs at Orange County Training School. She goes into depth on her experience as an African American and female athlete, and she boasts about the positive influence her teachers, coaches, and parents had on fostering a healthy community within Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

Mary Norwood Jones - On her experiences at Orange County Training School

Mary Norwood Jones - On her experiences at Orange County Training School

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Oral history interview of Jones, Mary Norwood conducted by Gilgor, Bob on January 29, 2001 at Northside Elementary School, Chapel Hill, NC. Processed by McCarthy, Rachel.

Citation: Southern Oral History Program, “Mary Norwood Jones - On her experiences at Orange County Training School,” From the Rock Wall, accessed July 7, 2022, https://fromtherockwall.org/oral-histories/mary-norwood-jones-on-her-experiences-at-orange-county-training-school.

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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