Published on December 30, 2018
"It, it has changed, the whole thing has changed now. Now it is, I don't think people, they realize the importance of [coal mining], and they realize that people are, um, who live there are like everybody else. And, uh, but I had a feeling when I was growing up that it was, uh, that you had to defend it."
Mrs. Gray made extensive notes on her transcript, and an annotated copy can be accessed in Special Collection.
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Chapters Education in Docena
Mary Parsons Gray describes her experience in the Docena elementary school.
Race Relations in Docena
Mary Parsons Gray recounts interaction between the black and white communities in Docena.
The Toothbrush Drill
Mary Parsons Gray recounts the school's daily toothbrush drill.
The School Building and Music Education
Mary Parsons Gray describes the school building and remembers some of her courses in drama and music appreciation.
Mary Parsons Gray recalls the activities of the church in Docena.
Docena Housing and the Town Layout
Mary Parsons Gray describes the company-provided housing and the layout of Docena.
Mary Parsons Gray describes the medical care that TCI provided its workers.
Working in the Mines
Mary Parsons Gray describes her father's experience in the mines and recalls memories of his role in her family and the Docena community.
Mary Gray Parsons recalls the school's home economics program and describes some of the scholarships available to students.
Mary Parsons Gray remembers Docena's annual May Day festival.
Politics in Docena
Mary Parsons Gray recalls politics in Docena, including an incident with the Ku Klux Klan. She also mentions her determination to attend college and her brother's experience in the military.
Entertainment in Docena
Mary Parsons Gray describes common forms of entertainment in Docena, including a dancing club headed by Mary Dolliver.
More on Race Relations
Mary Parsons Gray recounts her memories of Docena's African American community.
More on Entertainment and Community Leaders in Docena
Mary Parsons Gray recalls some other activities for children and mentions some of the leaders in the community.
Mary Parsons Gray makes some closing remarks about common misunderstandings of coal mining families and lists a few of the different church denominations in Docena.
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Audio Information Attribute Value Interviewee Mary Parsons Gray Repository Samford University Oral History Collection Accession SUHist/TCI/002