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Interview with Rev. Frank Bullock, Jr., an African American man, as part of the Nash County Cultural Center Oral History Project. Bullock was born to Frank and Mary Alice Bullock on April 27, 1927. He speaks about growing up on a farm in a family with 8 children; discusses poverty and lack of food in early 1930s. Mentions attending school at Vance County grade School and Henderson Institute, an all-Black high school, when not needed to work on the farm. Bullock says he was drafted into the Army in 1945 and sent to Italy. He speaks about segregation in the military; sites instances of racism toward Black soldiers by white American soldiers and Italian locals. He also mentions Black soldiers having to deal with segregation when traveling back home; specifically mentions racist bus drivers, having to give up seats for white passengers, no restrooms for Blacks at train/bus stations, etc. Bullock says hearing loss from weapons training and a desire to return home to marry his girlfriend led him to leave the Army. He speaks about dealing with incidents of racism in the 1940s-1960s; being forced to use the back door while trying to order food at restaurants in Henderson, Durham, and Nash County. Bullock describes being called to join the ministry. He tells a story of being severely hurt from falling in a mine shaft, being confined to a hospital bed and told he might never walk again. He says his prayers to be healed were answered, and that he promised to serve God as a result. He mentions getting his start at St. Matthew Baptist Church, and eventually being named Pastor of the year at Shaw University. Bullock speaks about racism within the church; says several white ministers were fired shortly after accepting invitations from Bullock to come preach to Black congregations. He mentions his children and their occupations, and speaks about the importance of finding one’s calling in life, and working hard even on seemingly mundane tasks.

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