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Ashe County Oral History

Collection of interviews with notable Ashe County residents

Born in 1920, Hazel Hamilton Martin was the grandaughter of slaves. In this interview she provides insights from her family concerning the hanging of Will Banks, slavery, and civil rights.

Part 1

0:00 Name and family

1:30 Will Banks story

3:15 Transport of Banks' body for burial

6:30 Dr. Blevins - medical examiner

7:00 People at hanging

9:35 Site of burial in doubt

11:40 First black residents of Ashe County as slaves

13:30 George Hamilton connection

Part 2

0:00 Concerns in Ashe County

2:30 Childhood and dating