Thursday, May 21, 2009
7th ANNUAL SENIOR RALLY - ENON BAPTIST CHURCH
Last week, I told stories at the Enon Baptist Churches (there are two of them) in Pisgah Forest.Since I arrived early, I had the opportunity to explore the graveyard which was fascinating. Many of the the oldest graves dated to the 1700's. There were tombstones that were slabs of slate and bore illegible inscriptions. In addition, there were numerous Confederate markers. I told stories twice: once before dinner (in the new church) and once after in the old meeting place. The food was fantastic - the kind of fare that I hadn't seen since the old family reunions of 60 years ago. Fried chicken (that didn't come from Col. Sanders), potato salad, platters of deviled eggs, corn (roast'n'ears), greasy beans, cornbread and a dozen desserts.
I told a story about working in the "green hide" room in the old Silverstein Tannery in Brevard, a place where many in the audience knew from experience. It was a "funny story," but it was also about inadequate wages, dangerous working conditions and exploitation.