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Worth Quoting (Interviews): Idella Parker

Worth Quoting was made possible by Florida Community College at Jacksonville. The series was recorded from 1985 to 2005, and features a powerful collection of interviews.
Interviewee Idella Parker
Interviewer Edythe Abdullah
Subject Segregation, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Copyright 1993 Florida Community College at Jacksonville



Idella Parker - author, teacher, and maid to the author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings - speaks about her own life and the life of the author of The Yearling and Cross Creek. Idella Parker was a cook, housekeeper, and comfort to the famous author from 1940-1950. She shares an intimate story of their spirited friendship and what it was like to live in the segregated south.



African Americans, Florida history, Women household employees, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Idella Parker

Parker, I. (1993). Interviewed by E. Abdullah [Video Recording]. Worth Quoting. YouTube, Jacksonville, Florida.

Run time: 30 minutes