MV: When were you born?
CV: May 5th, 1933
MV: where were you born?
CV: south Carolina?
MV: How was it like your first ten years of growing up?
CV: It was good, I learned about the old government. my grandmother worked for the pension fund. I went with my grandmother to wash and iron for the white families.
MV: did they treat you any way?
MV: how did they treat you?
CV: we ate after they did, we had to walk to their house to do their laundry. I used to go with my grandmother when she worked in tobacco.
MV: what was your grandmother's name ?
MV: What was her last name?
CV: Della Peterson.
MV: What was your mothers name?
MV: Charity Peterson?
MV: Where did she [charity Peterson] work?
CV: She did domestic work.
MV: Was she around the house a lot
CV: No she sleep in.
CV: My father was a farmer.
MV: What did he farm?
CV: He had his own farm.
MV: Did he make a lot of money farming?
CV: Yes he owned it. He had cotton pickers.
MV: What do you remember about school.
CV: Yes, I started the school when I was 5 years old, the school I went to was in a church and all the classes were in one room.
MV: Any white kids in the school?
MV: Did you ever think about going to school with white kids?
CV: Not really, I went to school with white people just not in south Carolina.
MV: Are you still living in south Carolina while you were in grade school.
MV: did you ever think that white kids education was better?
CV: no, I didn't think it was better.
MV: Did you think you were getting a solid education at that school?
MV: Do you remember the name of the school or the church it was in?
MV: Where did you attend high school:
CV: Junior high school in Philadelphia, and senior high in south Carolina.
MV: So you were moving back and forward between Philly and south Carolina.
CV: Right, right.
MV: So when did you first move to Philly?
MV: Did you notice a big difference between Philly and south Carolina ?
CV: yes I did.
MV: What differences:
CV: It wasn't as Jim crow. The whites and colored were the same.
MV: So the whites and blacks would mingle in the streets?
MV: Was it segregated?
CV: No it wasn't segregated
MV: So would you say you felt more comfortable living in Philly for the time?
MV: When you went back to south Carolina how was the feeling?
CV: It was OK.
MV: would you have liked to live in Philly more after you been their?
MV: When did you first hear about martin Luther king?
CV: in 1960’s
MV: Remember your first job
MV: what was it
CV: IT was uniform laundry
MV: How long did you work their?
CV: 44 years.
MV: 44 years.
MV: do you remember any speeches martin Luther king had?
CV: Yes, The I have a dream speech.
MV: Any other speeches?
CV: No that's the one that stood out the most.
MV: So when you first heard-
CV: Free at last, free at last thank god almighty I am free at last.