Paul Carter/Library of Congress
Profiles: Queen Moore
Saturday, December 24th, 2011
Photo by Bob Spencer
During the Depression, her father worked building a road in Brookneal.
He worked hard and they paid him 25 cents an hour. We didn’t starve or anything we didn’t get what we wanted all the time, but we had love for one another. There were eight of us children. My grandmother moved in with us after my grandfather died. It got a little better after a while.
I was raised up on a farm. My daddy used to raise tobacco. It got so bad people didn’t want to pay you for what you raised. So my mother went to New York and got a job to support us. My daddy worked on the farm but wasn’t getting too much money, though.
Ain’t thought nothing about any money because we didn’t have any. If you don’t have something, it’s not going to bother you if you don’t know anything about it.
What you didn’t have, you had to do without and make ends meet the best way you can. I learned a whole lot by not having anything.
Interview by Michael Lawson