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Ivelia P. Bullock, a Black woman of Nash County, discusses her involvement with the St. Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Spring Hope, which she joined when she was nine years old. She recalls her baptism. Her husband is the pastor at the church. When she married her husband, he had three children who Mrs. Bullock discusses briefly. The two daughters were essential in the integration of Henderson High School, as they were the first Black children to go to the white high school. She knows that there were police present and that her daughter had some awful experiences, but she cannot recall any specific stories. Mrs. Bullock also talks about her childhood; she was one of eight kids who grew up on a self-sustaining farm. She recalls learning to plow with a mule when she was nine, which not many girls did at the time, as well as priming tobacco, harvesting wheat and cane, canning fruit and vegetables, picking cotton, and pulling fodder. She discusses her one-room elementary school, and how she did not ride a school bus until high school. In the 1940s, Mrs. Bullock worked with the NAACP and was instrumental in making it so that African Americans could vote in Nash County. Finally, she tells a story of one of her father's negative experiences with segregated restrooms.