Office of Oral History

Sonya Hodges-Grantham

Sonya Hodges-Grantham Oral History Interview

Sonya Hodges-Grantham was born in Columbia, South Carolina at the Waverly Good Samaritan Hospital in 1962, one of nine children. She grew up on Monroe Street in the Shandon Annex, or Frogtown, neighborhood. She has been an active researcher in tracing her family's history, the history Black servicemen in World War I, and the role of agriculture. These two interviews include discussion of her family history, a description of Frogtown and Brown's grocery store, her grandfather's service in World War I and her grandmother's subsequent legal fight during the Great Depression, Camp Jackson (later named Fort Jackson), the 371 Infantry Regiment, 93rd Division (Colored), and the importance of corn during the war and later.

From the interview:

"It's an article in the newspaper, April 10th, 1931, Soldier's Widow Awarded $10,000, it was too. My grandmother took the initiative and she fought the federal government to prove that my grandfather was wounded and obtained his injury of tuberculosis while he was overseas in France. And my grandfather died March 1st, 1925, at the age of 33 years old, so he was very young. But my grandmother knew that it was his service connected disabilities that was a contributing cause to his death. So here we have a black female, she's in the South, we're in a Depression, but look, she had the courage to fight this battle for six whole years and it appears in the newspaper in 1931."