Mamie Lee Bridgers


(My name is) Mamie Lee Bridgers. I was born in Vance County, in 1923. My father was born in the house on North East Street. 528 North East Street. I always felt very welcome there. I actually moved to Raleigh in ’62. There had been ten children in the family. My father was the youngest. So there were always aunts and uncles there…

The trolley would go beside the house–it was horse-drawn in those days–and take people over to the park. Now one of those times when they were coming back, the cart turned over and people fell out and some of them were unconscious. And daddy said he remembered them bringing those people up and putting them on the back porch and he and uncle Arthur and some of the others had a wonderful time putting water on some of those people’s faces and helping them to come to.

(What was my favorite part of living in Oakwood?) I guess it was the friendships… It was a happy neighborhood. And I know we were all so proud when it became an historic neighborhood. It felt like all the people who had worked so hard to improve things, to bring things back up after the Depression years were being rewarded for their diligence.

(What do I remember about the North-South Expressway?) I remember going up to the library on Fayetteville Street and they had a display of the plans. And I saw that it would go right through Sister’s house. We went to so many meetings. It was a matter of very great concern. I know Sis even got to thinking, ‘Where in the world would we live?’ It was a very thankful day when they decided to not bring up through that block. So many people would have lost their homes completely. – Mamie Bridgers

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Friday, November 18th, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized

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