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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Production Worker
Publisher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti, Meatballs
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New York, New York
Favorite Quote:
I Love You Truly.

Birthplace

Born:
3/18/1924
Birth Location:
Manteo, Virginia

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Production Worker
Publisher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti, Meatballs
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New York, New York
Favorite Quote:
I Love You Truly.

Birthplace

Born:
3/18/1924
Birth Location:
Manteo
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Biography

Mary Cherry was born Mary Cornelia Kyle on March 18, 1924, in Manteo, Virginia, to Annie Mae Shelton Kyle and Samuel Gibson Kyle. Her mother could trace her family back four generations to Washington Lomax. Her family moved from Virginia to Tarrytown, in upstate New York, in 1926. Cherry’s father was sexton for the local Episcopal church, but her family were members of Shiloh Baptist Church in Tarrytown. Cherry attended F.R. Pearson Elementary School, where she was a good student who loved to read. At age 15, while a student at Washington Irving High School, Cherry met her future husband, Lamon Q. Cherry of nearby Ossining, New York. Graduating from high school in 1942, during World War II, Cherry found employment at Eastern Aircraft for two years, then worked briefly for Reader’s Digest.

In 1946, Cherry married Lamon and lived for a while in the Bronx, New York. The couple then relocated to Ossining, New York. There, Mary found employment with the Frank Novelty Company, which was owned and operated by recent Jewish immigrant, Al Franken. The company made prayer cards and other paper and plastic products for church use. Soon, her husband became Franken’s most trusted employee, and Cherry was able to offer seasonal employment and after school jobs to neighborhood teenagers, especially in the African American community.

Cherry is the mother of Lamon Q. “Quincy” Cherry, Jr., Rose Q. Cherry and Cheryl Cherry Taylor McMillan. She has several grandchildren. Rose Q. Cherry, Mary Cherry’s daughter, wrote the history of her husband's family in The Cherry Outlaw Families of Bertie County, North Carolina, which was published in 2004.

A member of the Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Cherry lives near her children in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Mary Cherry's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Mary Cherry lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Mary Cherry describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Mary Cherry describes her mother's childhood and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Mary Cherry describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Mary Cherry remembers meeting her husband, Lamon Cherry, Sr., pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Mary Cherry remembers meeting her husband, Lamon Cherry, Sr., pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Mary Cherry describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Mary Cherry describes her childhood in Tarrytown, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Mary Cherry remembers her schools in Tarrytown, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Mary Cherry describes her work experiences during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Mary Cherry recalls her courtship with Lamon Cherry, Sr., pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Mary Cherry recalls her courtship with Lamon Cherry, Sr., pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Mary Cherry describes her work experiences during World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Mary Cherry remembers her marriage to Lamon Cherry, Sr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Mary Cherry recalls becoming the production manager of Frank Novelty Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Mary Cherry describes the operations of the Frank Novelty Company, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Mary Cherry describes the operations of the Frank Novelty Company, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Mary Cherry describes how her husband lost his job in the refrigeration industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Mary Cherry describes her husband's family background in North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Mary Cherry talks about her husband's light complexion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Mary Cherry recalls the impact of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Mary Cherry talks about her involvement with the Parent Teacher Association
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Mary Cherry describes her decision to move to the South in 1987
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Mary Cherry recalls her parents' fiftieth wedding anniversary celebration, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Mary Cherry recalls her parents' fiftieth wedding anniversary celebration, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Mary Cherry remembers moving to Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Mary Cherry describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Mary Cherry reflects upon her life and family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Mary Cherry describes the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Mary Cherry reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Mary Cherry talks about her grandchildren
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Mary Cherry describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Mary Cherry narrates her photographs