Appalachian Regional and Rural Studies Center. Radford University
Archives & Special Collections. McConnell Library. Radford University
In this project, Jenny L. Hill researched and interviewed people about the local legend of the Three Black Sisters, who at one time ran the Montgomery Female College in Christiansburg, Virginia. Stories about the three sisters include tales of murder, secret padlocked rooms, mysterious late night burials, strange visitors, charred bones, large insurance policies, and suspicious suicides. We may never know the truth about the sisters, but Ms. Hill researched and interviewed Christiansburg residents to find out what she could. This is among projects created by students enrolled in English 446 (initially English 452), “Appalachian Folklore,” 1981-2019, and in graduate level counterparts English 548 and 648 “Appalachian Folk Culture(s)” offered 17 fall semesters between 1987 and 2009. Minimally contain collector’s introduction and analysis, transcribed informant interviews, and excerpted and labeled examples of oral, customary, and/or material folklore/folklife collected primarily within the Appalachian region. Most include also tables of contents, informant information, indexes (outlines) of interviews, photographs, miscellaneous paper items, and indexes of informants, genres, and geographic locations. Accompanying audio recordings (several minutes to 2+ hours). Transferred to McConnell Library Archives & Special Collections from Appalachian Regional and Rural Studies Center, Fall 2013.
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