In the early 1960s, Percy White III lived on a farm in Dinwiddie County, Virginia with his grandparents, his parents, and his two sisters. The house had no electricity and no running water. To get water, Percy’s family had to carry it from a nearby creek.

The land they lived on wasn’t theirs; it was owned by a man named Robert Marek, who people called Mr. Marks. Percy’s family worked the fields.

Percy came to StoryCorps with his friend Terry Wright, where he shared what life on the farm was like.


Top Photo: Percy White III is held by his father, Percy White, Jr, circa 1963. Courtesy of Percy White III.
Bottom Photo: Percy Ell White III and his friend Terry Wright at their StoryCorps interview on October 7, 2012 in Arlington, Virginia. By Erin Dickey for StoryCorps.

Originally aired August 3, 2018, on NPR’s Morning Edition.