Ed Stack discusses growing up in Rowan County, his family, and being encouraged by his parents to become the first college graduate in his family. Interview on April 26, 2011. (1:19)


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I grew up in Rowan County here in North Carolina 00:00.000 - 00:03.657
in a little crossroads called Enochville, 00:03.657 - 00:07.616
which is near Salisbury, Kannapolis, China Grove area. 00:07.616 - 00:12.903
It was great, small community. Most people in our area were either farmers or textile workers. That's generally what you did. 00:12.903 - 00:23.311
My dad had retired from the service at that time and he worked at the VA hospital in Salisbury 00:23.311 - 00:34.483
and my mom worked at Cannon Mills in Kannapolis, so I guess she worked there for about thirty years. 00:34.483 - 00:42.285
But it was great. They didn't go to college and none of my immediate aunts or uncles did 00:42.285 - 00:51.859
but it was important for my parents to make sure that I did and so I'm first generation. 00:51.859 - 01:01.199
My sister actually went to nursing school but even though she's older she did that a little bit later in life, 01:01.199 - 01:06.644
so I was technically the first person to go to college in my family. 01:06.644 - 01:12.045

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