Oral Histories

Oral Histories

Mrs. Lela Moore King

Mrs. Lela Moore King was born on January 24, 1909 in Washington, North Carolina. Since the high school in Washington was not "standardized", she arrived at Elizabeth City State Normal School in 1926 to begin her secondary school education. Mrs. King attended for three years. Before her last year, the high school back in Washington became standardized, and she returned home for her senior year.  She returned to complete her four year degree in 1938 and 1939.

Her oral history confirms her deep affection for the school and the teachers under whom she studied.



Mrs. Georgia Morgan

Mrs. Georgia Morgan was an honor graduate of the first 4-year baccalaureate degree graduating class of Elizabeth City State Teachers College on May 19, 1939. Mrs. Morgan's recollections cite her closeness to the John H. Bias family and her love of reading and learning which led her to become a teacher and later a librarian. Mrs. Morgan still resides in Elizabeth City


RL Vaughan

Coach Robert Louis "Bobby" Vaughan

At age 20, Coach Robert "Bobby" Vaughan was the first person ever to coach basketball at Elizabeth City State. In 33 years his teams won more than 500 games and reached the national play-offs seven times. The ECSU Physical education and athletics center was named in his honor in 1980. Coach Vaughan's oral history is divided into three parts which cover the history of athletics at ECSU under presidents Williams, Ridley, and Thorpe and cultural changes at the school during the 1950s and 1960s. Vaughan also discusses the institutional growth from Black teacher preparation to the undergraduate and graduate offerings available to today's multicultural student body