Oral History

Sallie Pendergraft - On her education, faith, the Church of God, and Holmes Child Care

Interviewed by Megan Stanley and Kathy Atwater on November 14, 2017

In this interview, Sally Pendergraft (soon turning 99 years old) discusses her family growing up in Durham and Chapel Hill. Her daughter, Christie who spent many years living in Georgia joins her to help her remember details about her life. The conversation covers the founding of the Church of God in Chapel Hill, started by Ms. Pendergraft’s Aunt Sissy, as well as Ms. Pendergraft’s experience of having a minister for a father and her relationship with God and the church. They also discuss her schooling at the Orange County Training School, her work as the director of Holmes Child Care in Chapel Hill for many years as well as her experience as a teacher. Ms. Pendergraft’s husband Rufus is also mentioned, including his large family and their many relations places like New York and California. Discussion of the difficulties of growing up and living in a segregated and post-segregation South pepper the conversation. Interviewer Megan Stanley shares some of her family history, and last of all, Ms. Pendergraft talks about the longevity of her family members and shares her life philosophy and advice for those who hope to live a life as long as hers.

Sallie Pendergraft - On her education, faith, the Church of God, and Holmes Child Care

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Oral history interview of Pendergraft, Sallie conducted by Stanley, Megan on November 14, 2017 at Church Street, Chapel Hill, NC. Processed by Woodson, Wyatt.

Citation: Marian Cheek Jackson Center, “Sallie Pendergraft - On her education, faith, the Church of God, and Holmes Child Care,” From the Rock Wall, accessed April 15, 2021, https://fromtherockwall.org/oral-histories/sallie-pendergraft-2.

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