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Document Details


Title: Gates, Eva K.
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Southern Mississippi. Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
Collection: Mississippi Oral History Project
Description: Eva Gates was born on October 4, 1948. Her parents are Henry Harris and Effie King. Her parents had six children, which includes Mrs. Gates. When her father left the family when she was ten, her mother remarried and had five children. Mrs. Gates and her older sister, at the request of their mother, often took shifts in order to take care of their siblings, which meant that they "rotated being out of school" during the 1960s. Mrs. Gates missed school terribly but she tried to help maintain an efficient household since her stepfather was demanding; her parents were depressed due to their economic and housing situations; and her mother's low estimation of the educational process. Her mother believed that a woman's goal was to marry and to not "worry about being educated." Mrs. Gates seemed to follow her mother's philosophy by marrying and starting a family, but she never forgot her own desire to finish her education.
URL: http://www.lib.usm.edu/~spcol/coh/cohgatese.html
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1999 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Gates, Eva K., 1948-
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker date of birth: 4-Oct-1948
Speaker race: Black
Speaker occupation: Homemaker; Secretary
Age at speaking: 51
Document date: 30-Nov-1999
Interviewer: Firmin, Pic
Locations discussed: Mississippi; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Agriculture; Cities and towns--Mississippi; City and town life--Mississippi; Community; Local history; Mississippi; Mississippi--History; North America; Oral history; United States
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0025634-27528