Meet Lucille Ervin. Born in South Carolina, Ervin moved to Durham when she and her husband got married. Ervin, 107, now has a companion volunteer with A Helping Hand. Click here to become a volunteer with A Helping Hand.
A Helping Hand recently interviewed Ervin at the Durham History Hub, home of the Museum of Durham History. Click here to hear her story. Ervin’s recollections about Durham are a part of the Story Squad, a new oral history initiative at the Hub. You can go listen to her recollections any time at the Hub.
During her interview, Ervin recalls meeting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during one of his visits to Durham.
She credits Dr. King and President John F. Kennedy for opening up options for schooling; Ervin didn’t have the chance to attend school past 9th grade.
“They made it possible to go to any school you wanted to,” she said.
An only child, Ervin grew up on a farm where her family grew cotton. “It was hard,” she recalled.
Ervin is able to stay in her home thanks to her companion. She is the only person among her relatives she knows has lived this long. Her mother died at age 90.