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Interview with Dr. Kenneth D. Weeks (b.1913) as part of the Nash County Cultural Center Oral History Project. Weeks discusses growing up during the early 1900s in the Villa Place District of downtown Rocky Mount, NC; which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. He lists specific houses along Pearl Street (including 342, 334, 322, 320, and 318); also speaks about houses and families along Franklin Street and Grace Street. He recalls the following families lived in these and other nearby houses: Bazemore, Lewis, Milgrom, Pierce, Early, Simpson, Bailey, Harris, Whitford, Rector, Ritner, Noble, Newell, Powell, Helms, Jenkins, McMillan, McIntyre, McDonald, and Donlan. He points out that many of these families had ties to the Atlantic Coast Line railroad; explains how they were instrumental in the development of Rocky Mount. He reflects on growing up with railroad activity nearby, discusses the restoration of the Rocky Mount Train Station, and recalls several different routes served by Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. Weeks mentions several families with ties to the medical field also lived in the neighborhood. These included the following: Dr. J.D. Christian, Dr. Robert D. Kornegay Sr.; Dr. Lemuel W. Kornegay Sr., Dr. Lemuel W. Kornegay Jr., and Dr. John Chambliss. He talks about working at the Rocky Mount Sanitarium; details the medical history of the town. Weeks speaks about attending the West School; briefly mentions his classmates and the principal. Weeks speaks about the Barnhill, Taylor, Hines, Epstein, and Minges families as well; pointing out their contributions to the growth of Rocky Mount. He discusses the Minges family’s prominence in Rocky Mount; focusing on their ties to Pepsi, East Carolina University, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and regional politics. While discussing health conditions leading to the family falling on hard times, the audio ends abruptly at 1:02:50.





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