Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History & Culture Enduring Connections: Exploring Delmarva's Black History


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Delmarva Folklife Project: Interview with Martha Mifflin, 1 April 1999

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This interview was conducted by Katherine Borland with Martha Mifflin in Georgetown, Delaware, on April 1st, 1999. In this interview, she describes her life as an African American worker and mother after the 1960s. She describes her decision to raise her kids, working part time jobs when she had the time to do so to supplement her income before becoming a full-time housewife. She describes her relationship with her six children and how she and her husband cultivated a close relationship between the siblings, noting the activities and practices they employed to do so (and the people that influenced her decisions in that). She then describes the various jobs she took, including some of her work in the "Poverty Program" at the local school, and other jobs in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. (Correction: Oldest daughter works for Episcopal Diocese in Wilmington) In part 2, she continues her discussion about raising her kids and some local history. She speaks of some local folklore, mentioning her father's dancing and her mother's singing. She also talks about the presence of singing in her life from her school days to her adult life, eventually letting it fade away until church time comes. She also talks about the changes she's seen in church life from when she was younger compared to now, noting the inclusion of modern music in church life and her being ordained as a female assistant in her community.

This interview is part of the Delmarva Folklife Project. For more information, see the Edward H. Nabb Center Finding Aid.


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