Collection Number: 04007X

Collection Title: Southern Oral History Program Collection, Series X: Rural South 2014-2016

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Abstract The Southern Oral History Program conducts and collects interviews with Southerners who have made significant contributions to various fields of human endeavor. In addition, the Program undertakes special projects with the purpose of rendering historically visible those whose experience is not reflected in traditional written sources. The Southern Oral History Program Collection, Series X: Rural South contains interviews that explore social, economic, and political life of the rural south, with a particular focus on foodways, racial discrimination, and segregated spaces.
Creator Southern Oral History Program.
Language English.
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Some interviews are closed as noted.
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
The Southern Oral History Program (SOHP) welcomes non-commercial use and access that qualifies as fair use as stipulated by U.S. Copyright law to all unrestricted interview materials in the collection. The researcher must cite and give proper credit to the SOHP. The SOHP requests that the researcher informs the SOHP as to how and where they are using the material. Please use the online form available on the SOHP site to request permission and inform the SOHP of your use.
Preferred Citation
Interview with [interviewee name] by [interviewer name], [interview date] [interview number], in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Series X: Rural South, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Example: Interview with Mamie Barnes by Kimber Thomas, 13 March 2015 (X-0001), in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Series X: Rural South, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Transferred from the Southern Oral History Program beginning in the 1970s.
Additional Descriptive Resources
Database: A searchable database of all Southern Oral History Program interviews is available at http://www.lib.unc.edu/dc/sohp/. Patrons may keyword search the database by: (1) Abstract; (2) Transcript; (3) Interviewee name; (4) Interviewer name; (5) Interview number; or (6) Subject term. Patrons may browse the database by: (1) Interviewee name; (2) Interviewer name; (3) Interviewee occupation; (4) Interviewee ethnicity; or (5) Project.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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In 1973, the History Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill established an oral history program devoted to the study of the southern region of the United States.

The Southern Oral History Program collects interviews with Southerners who have made significant contributions to various fields of human endeavor. In addition, the Program undertakes special projects with the purpose of rendering historically visible those whose experience is not reflected in traditional written sources. Interviews are conducted by Program staff, graduate students, faculty members, and consultants. The Program also serves as a collecting agency, accepting donations of tapes and transcripts of interviews conducted by other researchers.

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The South is a place and an experience that motivates identity and historical change. These interviews, 2014-, explore social, economic, and political life of the rural south, with a particular focus on foodways, racial discrimination, and segregated spaces. This project was born out of Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery's research on southern foodways (drawing from her involvement with the documentary television series A Chef's Life, which airs nationally on PBS and focuses on locally-produced foods, farmers, and kitchen labor in eastern North Carolina) and Lumbee history and communities, and Dr. Seth Kotch's work on making visible the sometimes invisible forces of structural discrimination in African American rural communities. These interviews merge geography with gender, race, labor, and the environment to understand rural spaces and places in North Carolina and beyond and change over time in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

ONLINE INTERVIEW DATABASE

Click here for the online, sortable list of oral history interviews in this series. Each interview is cataloged in the interview database with descriptive information about the interviewee and the contents of the interview. Transcriptions and audio recordings for many of the unrestricted interviews are available in this online database.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse X.1. Rural South: Individual Biographies, 2015.

22 interviews

Interviews conducted in HIST/FOLK 670: Introduction to Oral History, taught by Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery, in the spring 2015 semester with individuals about their experiences in rural southern spaces, including foodways, race, gender, labor, and the environment.

ONLINE INTERVIEW DATABASE

Click here for the online, sortable list of oral history interviews in this series. Each interview is cataloged in the interview database with descriptive information about the interviewee and the contents of the interview. Transcriptions and audio recordings for many of the unrestricted interviews are available in this online database.

X-0001 Interview with Mamie Barnes, 2015

Mamie Barnes, African American domestic worker, with interviewer Kimber Thomas. 13 March 2015

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#04007X, Series: " X-0001 Interview with Mamie Barnes, 2015 " X-0001

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X-0002 Interview with William Bell, 2015

William Bell, African American mayor, with interviewer Baptiste Sibieude. 4 March 2015

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#04007X, Series: " X-0002 Interview with William Bell, 2015 " X-0002

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X-0003 Interview with Raymond Blackwell, 2015

Raymond Blackwell, African American student, with interviewer Jacob Rosenberg. 16 March 2015

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#04007X, Series: " X-0003 Interview with Raymond Blackwell, 2015 " X-0003

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X-0004 Interview with Thomas Bonfield, 2015

Thomas Bonfield, white city manager, with interviewer Baptiste Sibieude. 8 April 2015

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#04007X, Series: " X-0004 Interview with Thomas Bonfield, 2015 " X-0004

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X-0005 Interview with Rebecca Wicker Clayton, 2015

Wicker Clayton, white teacher, with interviewer Elizabeth Mary Walters. 10 March 2015

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#04007X, Series: " X-0005 Interview with Rebecca Wicker Clayton, 2015 " X-0005

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X-0006 Interview with Lloyd Evans, Jr., 2015

Lloyd Evans, Jr., white pharmacist, with interviewer Hannah Collier. 29 March 2015

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#04007X, Series: " X-0006 Interview with Lloyd Evans, Jr., 2015 " X-0006

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X-0007 Interview with Selma Evans, 2015

Selma Evans, white homemaker, with interviewer Hannah Collier. 29 March 2015

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#04007X, Series: " X-0007 Interview with Selma Evans, 2015 " X-0007

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X-0008 Interview with Wanda Lynne Fedor, 2015

Lynne Fedor, white teacher, with interviewer Jacob Rosenberg. 17 April 2015

Digital Folder X-0008

#04007X, Series: " X-0008 Interview with Wanda Lynne Fedor, 2015 " X-0008

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X-0009 Interview with Clarence F. Hébert, 2015

Clarence F. Hébert, African American educator, with interviewer Mishio Yamanaka. 1 March 2015

Digital Folder X-0009

#04007X, Series: " X-0009 Interview with Clarence F. Hébert, 2015 " X-0009

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X-0010 Interview with Hunter Levinsohn, 2015

Hunter Levinsohn, white artist, with interviewer Sarah Lerner. 19 March 2015

Digital Folder X-0010

#04007X, Series: " X-0010 Interview with Hunter Levinsohn, 2015 " X-0010

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X-0012 Interview with Shannon McNeal, 2015

McNeal, white storyteller and attorney, with interviewer Beth Sarah Nelson. 12 March 2015

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#04007X, Series: " X-0012 Interview with Shannon McNeal, 2015 " X-0012

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X-0013 Interview with Judith Montenegro, 2015

Judith Montenegro, Latinx community organizer, with interviewer Eladio Bobadilla. 4 March 2015

Digital Folder X-0013

#04007X, Series: " X-0013 Interview with Judith Montenegro, 2015 " X-0013

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X-0014 Interview with Yazmin Garcia Rico, 2015

Garcia Rico, Latinx community organizer, with interviewer Eladio Bobadilla. 6 March 2015

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#04007X, Series: " X-0014 Interview with Yazmin Garcia Rico, 2015 " X-0014

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X-0015 Interview with Wilmer Dobbin Smith, 2015

Dobbin Smith with interviewer D Mary Williams. 13 February 2015

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#04007X, Series: " X-0015 Interview with Wilmer Dobbin Smith, 2015 " X-0015

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X-0016 Interview with Mi Htoo and Aung Oo, 2015

Aung Oo with interviewer Alison Kinney. 6 March 2015

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#04007X, Series: " X-0016 Interview with Mi Htoo and Aung Oo, 2015 " X-0016

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X-0017 Interview with Wilbur Tharpe, 2015

Wilbur Tharpe, African American teacher and musician, with interviewer D Mary Williams. 6 April 2015

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#04007X, Series: " X-0017 Interview with Wilbur Tharpe, 2015 " X-0017

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X-0018 Interview with Cindy Thomas, 2015

Cindy Thomas, African American teacher, with interviewer Kimber Thomas. 14 April 2015

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#04007X, Series: " X-0018 Interview with Cindy Thomas, 2015 " X-0018

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X-0019 Interview with Barbara Trevigne, 2015

Barbara Trevigne with interviewer Mishio Yamanaka. 1 March 2015

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#04007X, Series: " X-0019 Interview with Barbara Trevigne, 2015 " X-0019

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X-0020 Interview with Charles van der Horst, 2015

Charles van der Horst, white professor and physician, with interviewer Sarah Lerner. 30 March 2015

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#04007X, Series: " X-0020 Interview with Charles van der Horst, 2015 " X-0020

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X-0021 Interview with Betty Ann Wylie, 2015

Betty Ann Wylie, white storyteller, with interviewer Beth Sarah Nelson. 13 March 2015

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#04007X, Series: " X-0021 Interview with Betty Ann Wylie, 2015 " X-0021

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X-0022 Interview with Robert Harvey, 2015

Robert Harvey, white military personnel and engineer, with interviewer Shannon James. 17 July 2015

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#04007X, Series: " X-0022 Interview with Robert Harvey, 2015 " X-0022

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X-0023 Interview with John Wayne Gooding, 2015

Wayne Gooding, white business owner and fisherman, with interviewer Shannon James. 28 July 2015

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#04007X, Series: " X-0023 Interview with John Wayne Gooding, 2015 " X-0023

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17 interviews

Back Ways: Understanding Segregation in the Rural South is an interdisciplinary, collaborative research project designed to unearth, describe, and map the often hidden forces of structural and institutional discrimination that have outlasted the victories of the Civil Rights Movement. This project began in 2014 under the direction of Seth Kotch, professor in American Studies at UNC Chapel Hill, and interviews have been conducted by Darius Scott, SOHP field scholar and PhD in Geography at UNC Chapel Hill. The geographic focus of this project is rural piedmont and eastern North Carolina, where poverty and crime rates remain high, academic performance is low, and residents - especially African Americans, Native Americans, and Latinos - are routinely seen as threatening or incapable. This project is situated in a growing body of scholarship around space, place, and identity, central issues to research in the humanities. It seeks to engage a community in a conversation about how it shaped its own spaces in the face of formal discrimination and the effects of those acts of resistance.

ONLINE INTERVIEW DATABASE

Click here for the online, sortable list of oral history interviews in this series. Each interview is cataloged in the interview database with descriptive information about the interviewee and the contents of the interview. Transcriptions and audio recordings for many of the unrestricted interviews are available in this online database.

X-0024 Interview with David Caldwell, 2014

David Caldwell, African American police officer and community organizer, with interviewer Darius Scott. 23 September 2014

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#04007X, Series: " X-0024 Interview with David Caldwell, 2014 " X-0024

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X-0025 Interview with Barry Jacobs, 2014

Barry Jacobs, white government employee and writer, with interviewer Darius Scott. 30 October 2014

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#04007X, Series: " X-0025 Interview with Barry Jacobs, 2014 " X-0025

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X-0026 Interview with Peter Kramer, 2014

Peter Kramer, white social worker, with interviewer Darius Scott. 22 June 2014

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#04007X, Series: " X-0026 Interview with Peter Kramer, 2014 " X-0026

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X-0027 Interview with Tom Magnuson, 2014

Tom Magnuson, white community organizer and military personnel, with interviewer Darius Scott. 18 June 2014

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#04007X, Series: " X-0027 Interview with Tom Magnuson, 2014 " X-0027

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X-0028 Interview with Hattie McCauley, 2014

Hattie McCauley, African American seamstress and business owner, with interviewer Darius Scott. 31 October 2014

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#04007X, Series: " X-0028 Interview with Hattie McCauley, 2014 " X-0028

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X-0029 Interview with Regina Merritt and Mary Cole, 2014

Regina Merritt and Mary Cole with interviewer Darius Scott. 11 August 2014

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#04007X, Series: " X-0029 Interview with Regina Merritt and Mary Cole, 2014 " X-0029

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X-0030 Interview with Gertrude Nunn and Judy Nunn Snipes, 2014

Gertrude Nunn and Judy Nunn Snipes with interviewer Darius Scott. 10 October 2014

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#04007X, Series: " X-0030 Interview with Gertrude Nunn and Judy Nunn Snipes, 2014 " X-0030

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X-0031 Interview with Freddie L. Parker, 2014

Freddie L. Parker, African American professor, with interviewer Darius Scott. 15 August 2014

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#04007X, Series: " X-0031 Interview with Freddie L. Parker, 2014 " X-0031

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X-0032 Interview with Harold Russell, 2014

Harold Russell, African American scientist, with interviewer Darius Scott. 10 August 2014

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#04007X, Series: " X-0032 Interview with Harold Russell, 2014 " X-0032

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X-0033 Interview with Omega R. Wilson and Brenda Wilson, 2015

Omega R. Wilson and Brenda Wilson with interviewer Darius Scott. 13 July 2015

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#04007X, Series: " X-0033 Interview with Omega R. Wilson and Brenda Wilson, 2015 " X-0033

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X-0034 Interview with Patricia Torain, 2015

Patricia Torain, African American computer programmer, with interviewer Darius Scott. 20 July 2015

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#04007X, Series: " X-0034 Interview with Patricia Torain, 2015 " X-0034

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X-0035 Interview with Evon Connally, 2015

Evon Connally, African American health care worker, with interviewer Darius Scott. 5 August 2015

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#04007X, Series: " X-0035 Interview with Evon Connally, 2015 " X-0035

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X-0036 Interview with Fred Battle, 2016

Fred Battle has fought tirelessly for civil rights. He was jailed for participating in a student protest in Greensboro, N.C., and he eventually founded the Chapel Hill chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In this interview, Mr. Battle discusses segregation in Chapel Hill during the 1950s and 1960s. He describes race relations, race riots, and protests, but also the African American business owners who worked to provide quality products and services for Chapel Hill's African American residents.

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#04007X, Series: " X-0036 Interview with Fred Battle, 2016 " X-0036

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X-0037 Interview with Robert Campbell, 2015

Robert Campbell explains what life was like in segregated Chapel Hill. In particular, he discusses attending both segregated and integrated schools; he explains how churches helped African Americans navigate segregated worlds; he recalls how segregation affected the physical landscape in Chapel Hill; and he describes the area in Chapel Hill where black business existed and thrived. He is currently the President of the Carrboro Chapter of the NAACP and is an active member of the Rogers Eubanks Neighborhood Association.

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#04007X, Series: " X-0037 Interview with Robert Campbell, 2015 " X-0037

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X-0038 Interview with Burnice Hackney, 2015

Burnice Hackney notes that his family has resided in rural Chatham County, on a 100-acre farm purchased by his great-grandfather, since the 1830s. He still resides on the original homestead. In this interview, Mr. Hackney discusses growing up on his family's farm during segregation, and he explains how the land insulated him from racism. He also recounts his experiences attending segregated schools in Chapel Hill, and he talks specifically about his transition from an all-Black high school to an integrated one during the 1960s. He is currently working to build a mixed-use facility near Rogers Rd. for the residents of the area and for the members of St. Paul A.M.E. Church.

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#04007X, Series: " X-0038 Interview with Burnice Hackney, 2015 " X-0038

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X-0039 Interview with Howard Lee, 2015

Howard Lee served as mayor of Chapel Hill from 1969-1975, becoming the third African American mayor to be elected in the United States. While serving as mayor of Chapel Hill, Mr. Lee also worked as an academic administrator for both Duke and North Carolina Central universities. In this interview, Howard Lee describes life in Chapel Hill during his six years as mayor. In particular, he explains how geographic isolation caused certain segments of the population to be underserved, and he discusses the measures he took to break down those barriers.

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#04007X, Series: " X-0039 Interview with Howard Lee, 2015 " X-0039

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X-0040 Interview with Willie Breeze, 2016

Willie Breeze discusses her experiences growing up and returning to live as an adult on her family's land outside of Hillsborough, N.C. Breeze was one of the early African American students that integrated Orange High School in the 1960s. A lifelong self-described "trailblazer," she was one of few women in an active duty army unit in the 1970s and then went on to complete a nursing degree from UNC as one of only a small number of African American students. The interview explores Breeze's reflections on the changes in the local community over time as well as the persistence of racism in Hillsborough and the return of segregation to parts of the town.

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#04007X, Series: " X-0040 Interview with Willie Breeze, 2016 " X-0040

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Processing Information

Finding aid for Series X: Rural South created and encoded by Laura Hart and Mary Oliva in July 2017.

Updated by Laura Hart in May 2018.

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