Interview with Frederica McDuffie
QUESTION 3
MADISON DAVIS LACY:

Where was it that you met him, and try and keep the story going.

FREDERICA MCDUFFIE:

I met him one afternoon, my mother had sent me to the store to buy a small can of peas, and on my way to the store, I'd seen this guy there, but I decided to continue to walk on, even though I know that deep inside there was that feeling in me that I wanted to talk with him. And I went in, I bought my can of peas for mom, and on my return back home, standing all alone, himself, on a corner, I said to myself, "I know the question is going to pop up." Truly and surely, he decided to walk along with me. And he said to me, "Hi." I said, "Hello." He said, "Where you going?" I said, "I'm on my way home now." He said, "May I walk with you?" I said, "Sure." So he said, "I like you." I said, "Really?" He said, "Yes, may I talk with you?" I said, "Not right now. I have to go now." So, he said, "May I have your number?" I said, "Well, yes." And I gave him my number, and he called me, and we talked over the phone for maybe about an hour or so, and just like I said, the question was popped, and he said to me, "Would you go with me?" My response, "Yes!"

MADISON DAVIS LACY:

We're gonna stop down for a second. That wasn't so bad.


FREDERICA MCDUFFIE:

Arthur was a warm and kind-hearted--

MADISON DAVIS LACY:

OK. He's ready. Go ahead, now.

FREDERICA MCDUFFIE:

Arthur was a warm and kind-hearted person. He was very joyous, joyful, loving, kind, he was just great, you know. Personality-wise was just sweet. Activities he participated in, in high school, he was a member of the marching band for Booker Washington, he was, um, on the swim team, which he won several first places, he was also president of the Booker T. Washington band, which I was also a part of that, you know, organization as well. So, he was just merely a, well, friendly guy.

MADISON DAVIS LACY:

OK, so now you-- Oh, stop there for a second.

MADISON DAVIS LACY:

Good. You're doing fine.