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African American Lives 2 -- Hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
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Sharing Stories: One Family's Story
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My mother Anson, North Carolina or Durham, North Caloina 1930s North Carolina I heard the story from my mother who would talked about her mother

My story starts with my mother (Thomasine) who recently died on December 3,2007. As her oldest daughter and child, I am more aware of the family stories then the other seven children. We had air of being big-shots so I was told. We were always being put down and had prove our selves all the time. Of the stories Mom would talk about was the cab company that great-grandma Miss (Missie Cash) owned in the 30s' and 40s'. She was a true business woman. She saw a need for the service because of the Jim Crow laws, and to provide transportation for the Colored people in their town. When I first heard Mom talk about how as a young kid about 5 yrs.old standing on a box answering the switchboard and sending cabs to pick up people from the bus station or take them to the train station. She had about five or six cabs and drivers. The cab company was called Hawk Cab Company. The cabs had a picture of a hawk on them. Her strong hand kept the company and family going until her death, (not sure of the date). The info. from census recorders said she was born in 1894 in North Carolina, in a city called Anson (not far from Rockingham), or Durham I don't remember, and she was married to John Cash (born 1888) also of Anson. Although there was a question about who was married to him first, that's another story. My grandmother Vernice, and her sister Cassie Bell were there kids and a half brother. The Cash family name had little meaning to me when I was growing up. Maybe it was because great grandma wealth was left in the hands of her husband and his family when she died. She had money in her kitchen cabinets marked with each of her children's and grand children's names with instructions (mom said she told her as she would show which door was her door). What a mess that was, in the end. Mom and her other family members lost everything to the tax man of North Carolina, and others who spent all of her funds. Thank you for letting me share my story I feel as I have shared with you my family story, it has helped me heal some of the painfulness.

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