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Viola Boyd [1], 2004 March 9

Identifier: OH-BO0481

Scope and Contents

Viola Boyd describes her life as an African American woman during segregation and the civil rights movement. Mrs. Boyd describes Matthews, North Carolina, and in particular the Crestdale neighborhood where she lived and grew up. She speaks frequently about her husband Sam Boyd, describing his various jobs and involvement in the community. Mrs. Boyd also describes how she became a beautician and talks about beauty parlor culture. Addressing the subject of civil rights, Mrs. Boyd recounts her memories of Ku Klux Klan activities in Matthews and Charlotte, and her son Harvey Boyd's involvement with protests in the area.


  • 2004 March 9

Biographical Note

Viola Boyd was a 93-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place at her son's home in Matthews, North Carolina. She was born in Matthews in 1911. She was educated at Number 2 Murkland School and Madame Walker's beauty school, and was employed as a hairdresser.


48 Minutes



Repository Details

Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
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