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Pauline C. Morton

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Leader
Home Economist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink, Red
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Well, We'll See.

Birthplace

Born:
2/19/1912
Birth Location:
Dunnsville, Virginia

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Leader
Home Economist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink, Red
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Well, We'll See.

Birthplace

Born:
2/19/1912
Birth Location:
Dunnsville
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Biography

Civic minded Pauline Cauthone Morton was born Pauline Cauthone on February 19, 1912, in Dunnsville, Virginia. Morton attended Ozena Public School, Dunnsville Public School, and the Baptist Association’s Rappahannock Industrial Academy. She completed high school in 1928 and graduated from Virginia State University in 1933 with her B.S degree.

Morton married Samuel Percell Morton, then principal of the Hayden High School in Franklin, Southampton County, Virginia, and taught home economics. She eventually became the area state supervisor for home economics as well as an officer in the Statewide Home Economics Association. Well known for her work in the Franklin community as well as in state and local politics, she served as chairman of the school board, community college board, and several other state and local boards and governor’s committees. She held lifetime memberships in Alpha Kappa Alpha, Links, Inc., the Order of the Eastern Star, the National Council of Negro Women, and the local NAACP Chapter that she helped to form. She served on the J.R. Thomas Camp Board of Trustees for over fifty years, and on the Board of Directors of Senior Services for Southeastern Virginia from 1972 to 2002. During her long career, Morton helped to form the Franklin Cooperative Ministry, The Cosmonettes, and Sesame Street Day Care. She also served as chairman of the Deacon Board of her church and twenty-three other organizations. A scholarship has been established in her name at Virginia State University.

The recipient of many proud honors, Morton passed away on February 7, 2004, survived by two daughters.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Pauline C. Morton's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Pauline C. Morton lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Pauline C. Morton talks about her maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Pauline C. Morton remembers her maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Pauline C. Morton talks briefly about her maternal grandparents' farm
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Pauline C. Morton talks about her paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Pauline C. Morton talks briefly about her family's service in World War I
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Pauline C. Morton describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Pauline C. Morton describes her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Pauline C. Morton talks about Rappahannock Industrial Academy in Ozeana, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Pauline C. Morton describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood in Essex County, Virginia, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Pauline C. Morton remembers her father's tractor, horse and buggy, and race horse
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Pauline C. Morton describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood in Essex County, Virginia, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Pauline C. Morton remembers attending church and mistakenly taking the offering
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Pauline C. Morton remembers at-home prayer rituals
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Pauline C. Morton remembers attending Sunday school and church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Pauline C. Morton describes listening to music on the Victrola in her childhood home
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Pauline C. Morton describes growing molasses, making candy and family meals
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Pauline C. Morton describes her experiences at Ozeana Public School, Dunnsville Public School and Rappahannock Industrial Academy in Ozeana, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Pauline C. Morton describes her experiences at Ozeana Public School, Dunnsville Public School and Rappahannock Industrial Academy in Ozeana, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Pauline C. Morton describes her experience as a high school student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Pauline C. Morton remembers her high school teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Pauline C. Morton describes her experience as an undergraduate student at Virginia State College for Negroes in Petersburg, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Pauline C. Morton talks about her first job as an educator at Rappahannock Industrial Academy in Ozeana, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Pauline C. Morton describes meeting her husband
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Pauline C. Morton describes becoming supervisor of home economics in the state department of education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Pauline C. Morton describes her duties as supervisor of home economics in the Virginia State Department of Education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Pauline C. Morton describes the way in which she supervised her assigned schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Pauline C. Morton talks about her involvement in civic activity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Pauline C. Morton describes her husband, S.P. Morton and his role as principal of Hayden High School in Franklin, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Pauline C. Morton talks about her initial involvement with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Pauline C. Morton describes experiencing discrimination as the supervisor of home economics in the Virginia State Department of Education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Pauline C. Morton talks about her initial involvement with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Pauline C. Morton remembers civil rights leaders involved with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Pauline C. Morton talks about her tenure as president of her local Virginia chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Pauline C. Morton talks about African Americans working the polls in Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Pauline C. Morton talks about her involvement in an association for vocational education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Pauline C. Morton talks briefly about the legacy of Nat Turner in Southampton County, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Pauline C. Morton describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Pauline C. Morton considers her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Pauline C. Morton considers what in her life she may have done differently
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Pauline C. Morton describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Pauline C. Morton talks briefly about her children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Pauline C. Morton narrates her photographs