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Harold Pulley [1], 2012 May 31

Identifier: OH-UA-PU0084

Scope and Contents

In this first of four interviews, Harold Pulley, North Carolina native and alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, begins by discussing his family background including his father's acquisition of farmland in return for construction labor, his mother's education and personality, and his maternal grandfather's parentage and role in helping enslaved people escape, fighting in the Civil War, and bootlegging. He recalls how his father's stories about the African-American experience during slavery influenced him and comments on the role of stories in the enslaved community. Mr. Pulley discusses how interracial marriage was viewed during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, shares his and his family's experience living in Franklinton, North Carolina, during segregation, and describes the prejudice from both the black and white communities that he, his mother, and his siblings faced as persons of mixed race. He recalls vivid childhood memories of observing the aftermath of a lynching and explains how he was taught how to interact with white men. Other topics include influential teachers, educational and career pursuits of Mr. Pulley's twelve siblings, and comparison of life in Norfolk, Virginia, to that in Franklin County, North Carolina.


  • Creation: 2012 May 31


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The material is in English

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Biographical Note

Harold Pulley was a 67-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place in J. Murrey Atkins Library at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He was born in Spring Hope, North Carolina in 1944 and was educated at Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia, at Livingston College in Salisbury, North Carolina, at UNC Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina, and at Boston University School of Theology in Boston, Massachusetts. He was employed as a pastor at numerous churches in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New England and as a juvenile probation officer, director of urban ministry, case manager, consultant, and counselor with various agencies in Pennsylvania.


97 Minutes

Repository Details

Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
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Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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