Toni Thorpe, the program coordinator of programs at the NCSU African American Cultural Center, describes that it was like growing up in Rich Square, North Carolina. Interview on May 12, 2012. (2:15)

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Well I'm from North Carolina 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:04.172
from Northampton County 00:00:04.172 - 00:00:05.847
small town: Rich Square, North Carolina 00:00:05.847 - 00:00:08.515
However, I moved here as a transplant, sort of 00:00:08.515 - 00:00:14.527
I went to - my parents are from - 00:00:14.527 - 00:00:18.464
Well my mom's from Rich Square, but they lived in Washington, DC 00:00:18.464 - 00:00:22.889
That's where my dad's family was from 00:00:22.889 - 00:00:25.057
And I just came early, so that's how I ended up being born in Ahoskie, North Carolina 00:00:25.057 - 00:00:31.479
But then they divorced when I was in middle school 00:00:31.479 - 00:00:35.147
And then I moved to live with my grandma, and she moved to California 00:00:35.147 - 00:00:39.781
My mom moved to California, not my grandma. I stayed here. 00:00:39.781 - 00:00:43.047
So my heart and spirit and roots are in North Carolina 00:00:43.047 - 00:00:48.796
I love North Carolina 00:00:48.796 - 00:00:50.999
I love the crickets at night 00:00:50.999 - 00:00:53.341
I love the fact that I grew up eating organic food before it was called organic 00:00:53.341 - 00:00:58.788
That if I wanted - whatever we had for dinner, we went to the garden and got 00:00:58.788 - 00:01:06.053
And my granddad was a butcher 00:01:06.053 - 00:01:08.875
So I had no idea when I was growing up 00:01:08.875 - 00:01:11.780
when relatives would come visit 00:01:11.780 - 00:01:13.928
my grandma would go get steaks 00:01:13.928 - 00:01:16.613
and it was a big deal, everyone always loved to come to our house to eat 00:01:16.613 - 00:01:20.726
and I - it was no big deal 00:01:20.726 - 00:01:25.250
even though I became a vegetarian - that drove them crazy for awhile - 00:01:25.250 - 00:01:28.758
the fact is that there were t-bone steaks, the best cuts 00:01:28.758 - 00:01:33.610
you know, there were hams, we always had the smell of a ham 00:01:33.610 - 00:01:37.336
out in the pantry 00:01:37.336 - 00:01:40.733
It just was a beautiful 00:01:40.733 - 00:01:42.561
existence; lots of family 00:01:42.561 - 00:01:45.881
lots of long conversations about whether the gloves matched a bag 00:01:45.881 - 00:01:51.551
you know, just forty-five minutes of 00:01:51.551 - 00:01:54.209
"I can't believe she had that pocketbook." 00:01:54.209 - 00:01:57.398
"Did you see that pocketbook?" 00:01:57.398 - 00:01:59.493
And I loved that. I was very narrative 00:01:59.493 - 00:02:03.362
And it smells good, you know, the earth. I just love it. 00:02:03.362 - 00:02:07.971

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