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Ashe County Oral History

Collection of interviews with notable Ashe County residents

Lillard Miller was a farmer in the Fleetwood community and the grandson of slaves. In this interview he recalls farming practices and the history of Ashe County's black residents.

Part 1

0:00 Family

7:00 Work history

10:30 Childhood

14:00 Slave ancestors

22:00 Family education

25:30 Integration

 

Part 2

0:00 Will Banks hanging

2:30 Being a psychic

6:20 Will Banks story

12:00 Indian ancestor

20:00 Making pine roping

26:00 Children’s names

 

Part 3

0:00 Children’s names (17)

8:00 Philosophy of life

10:30 Tree planting