StoryCorps Griot: A Childhood in the Segregated South

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Jim McFarland

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In this week's feature from StoryCorps, Jim McFarland, a native New Yorker, remembers his childhood summers in the segregated South.

McFarland was born in New York City in 1944, but his family was originally from "Down South." The young McFarland and his brother spent every summer from 1948 until 1955 in South Carolina, at which point they decided they no longer wanted to go because of the segregation they experienced. He recorded this interview in Atlanta, Georgia, where he now resides.

The StoryCorps Griot Initiative travels the country collecting the recollections of black Americans. On Tuesdays, News & Notes features one of these stories. To find out where the StoryGriot Initiative will be next, visit the StoryCorps website.



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