Oral Interview with Helen Terrell McGee, age 91, and Nancy McGee, part 2

  Davenport Town, the racially segregated black neighborhood on the eastern edge of Smyrna BM: I wanted to ask you if you had any experience of the black neighborhood called Davenport Town. HM: Yes, actually one of the black ladies that used to live in Davenport Town used to do our washing years ago, and …

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Oral Interview with Helen Terell McGee, age 91, and her daughter, Nancy McGee of Smyrna, Georgia, June 2011, part 1

This oral interview with Helen Terrell McGee and her daughter Nancy McGee was conducted in June 2011. Helen McGee passed away at age 95, in 2014.  Helen’s mother, Bess Embree Terrell, kept a diary documenting her day-to-day activities in Smyrna from 1927 to 1942. They were made available to me when I was researching my …

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Smyrna Photographic Essay #1: Religious History/ Churches

The community of Smyrna originated in the late 1830s with the establishment of the Smyrna Campground by the Methodists of the area. The Campground served as a gathering point for religious services in a day when preachers rode circuit owing to their limited number and distances they were obliged to travel in this sparsely settled …

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