Black Families of Yalobusha County Oral History Project
Gooch, Emma (part 1 of 2)


Gooch, Emma (part 1 of 2)


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In this interview, Emma Gooch discusses her life and upbringing in Water Valley, Mississippi, particularly focusing on the impact of her parents and 11 siblings on her life. She talks extensively about her father, who was a World War II veteran, and her education at the Davidson School, where she graduated in 1970, the final year of school segregation in Water Valley. She also discusses her family history and her memory of sharecropping before her family became landowners. She reflects on working in factories and joining the Army, raising a family while in active duty, and retiring in Water Valley. Her interview ends with a focus on her home community, with mention of attending the University of Mississippi, her involvement in her family and the community, and the positive impact and influence of the military on her life.


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1 hr 20 min

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Water Valley (Miss.)


African American Studies | American Studies | Oral History


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Gooch, Emma (part 1 of 2)