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CONVERSATION WITH MINNIE EVANS Tape No. 1 MINNIE: Where I was born at, you mean? And all like that? VOICE: I'll hold it. MINNIE: Now I was born at Long Creek, [[strikethrough]] Pinter [[/strikethrough]] Pender County, the next county from here, from New Hanover. My mother was only-- She wasn't quite fourteen. I was born on the 12th of December and she [[strikethrough]] had been [[/strikethrough]] was fourteen on the 14th of March. So my mother, she--my grandmother, she moved to Wilmington and my mother-- So she brought my mother and me, because my mother wasn't anything but a child either, and that caused her to have to take care of both of us. But my grandmother was very enthused with me. I don't know what she thought. My mother was out working and she would tell me sometimes a little-- She said, "Minnie, you gonna do something wonderful in life." I said, "Is that so, Mama?" "Yes, you are." And she would tell other people, you know, about me. Say, "Minnie's gonna do something wonderful." I don't know what I did. Only one thing: I remember-- I don't know whether you'll find many children, you know-- I remember when I started walking. And I walked, my mother said, when I was eight [[strikethrough]] years [[/strikethrough]] months (sic) old. She waid I was the smallest, littlest thing anyone ever seen. But I remember that. And I remember things back in my life then. I tell my mother. She say, "Minnie, you were too small. Can you remember?" But I say, "I remember it." I tell her all about it. I can remember all of our lives, more back there than I
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