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Mary Alice Wright, 1993 October 31

Identifier: GF-WR0223

Scope and Contents

Mary Alice Wright discusses growing up in the mill village in Waxhaw, North Carolina. In particular, she describes how she worked in the mill village as a concession stand operator and actively participated in social activities, such as square dancing and hayrides. Mrs. Wright then recalls the challenges that her family faced upon her father's death, noting specifically how she sacrificed her final year of high school to care for her father, and her mother's efforts to financially support the family. Mrs. Wright also discusses the tragic car accident that killed her sister's husband. She vividly remembers being overcome with great sadness because the accident occurred just prior to the death of President John F. Kennedy, and with both deaths children were left without their fathers. In addition, she describes residing in various places during her adult life, and recalls living with members of the Traywick family, including country singer Randy Travis (birth name: Randy Traywick) when he was a baby.


  • Creation: 1993 October 31

Conditions Governing Access

34 of the 392 interviews are available in the digital repository. Original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use.

Biographical Note

Mary Alice Wright was a 63-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place in her home in Marshville, North Carolina. She was born in Waxhaw, North Carolina in 1930. She competed tenth grade, and was employed as a homemaker, a cashier, and as a chicken wrapper at a Holly Farms chicken processing plant.


42 Minutes

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Repository Details

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

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