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Interview with Margaret Ann Landon Daughtridge, a white woman, as part of the Nash County Cultural Center Oral History Project. Daughtridge talks about the Sub Debs Club in Rocky Mount, NC. Says the club was founded by Louise Thorpe with the purpose of collecting money for charities. Daughtridge reminisces on receiving her invitation to join the club at the age of 14 in 1957. She speaks about monthly meetings and various fundraising events; details a fashion show held at Center Theater in downtown Rocky Mount; lists local department stores who loaned clothing to be modeled at the event. Daughtridge describes an annual ball held at Benevue Country Club for the members of the club who completed their charity service obligations. She talks about the selection process for girls invited to join; says it seemed based on popularity and wealth. Says many girls who should have been included did not receive an invite and felt embarrassed. She speaks about people of color being excluded from the group for many years; discusses segregation at school, movie theaters, and water fountains. Daughtridge also describes growing up on the 800 block Western Avenue in the 1950s; compares it to the TV show Happy Days. She reflects on playing with friends and family in the neighborhood and a nearby park, mentions having cookouts, and speaks about her pets. She describes going to sock hops and the places area teenagers hung out during the 1950’s and 1960’s.





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