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Interview conducted as part of the Nash County Cultural Center’s Oral History Project. Eunice Jones Williams, a Black woman, discusses events in her life from early childhood through college including her schooling in Nash County and her family life. Born the second of nine children to a sharecropper in Franklin County, Eunice moved with her family at 5 years old to Nash County. She along with her older sister Australia often cared for their younger siblings including a set of twin boys born while they were in high school, and another boy born while Eunice attended college. She helped tend to the field when she wasn’t in school or taking care of her siblings, chopping tobacco and picking cotton as well as fertilizing the fields. Her father loved baseball, always made it a point to have a car, and took the girls to a local owned store where he would buy them clothing, especially winter coats. Though she and the rest of her family attended services at a church in Nash County, her father attended a church built on land donated by her family in Franklin county until his death. The house her father bought is still in the family, renovated and used as a rental property, she jokes that they always lived in good houses until he bought one. Eunice also details her school life, including having to take a test to get into high school. This test was only administered to Black children, white children were exempt, and she only learned this later in life when she herself became a teacher.