Voices of the New South

UNC Charlotte

Oral history selections from the Special Collections at UNC Charlotte's J. Murrey Atkins Library.

  • Maggie Massey Freeman: Ms. Freeman recounts her experiences as a student of nursing at Presbyterian Hospital and reflects on the changes she's seen in the health-care industry. She discusses religion in the South and its role in family life, her personal relationship with Billy Graham, his career, and her participation in Graham's crusades.
  • Beatrice Hogan [finding aid]: Mrs. Hogan discusses her long career in nursing in this interview for the Museum of the New South. She graduated from nursing school during the Great Depression and began work at St. Peter's Hospital in Charlotte, later moving to Charlotte Memorial Hospital. Hogan also volunteered for duty with the U.S. Army 38th Evacuation Hospital Unit and, later, the U.S. Army Reserve. She served in North Africa and Italy during World War II and in Fort Polk, Louisiana during the Vietnam and Korean wars. She describes her experiences, nursing duties and Army life.
  • Laura Cates and James Cates: Laura Cates talks about family stories, nursing stories, and plant cultivation.