Sarah Belle Cargile

Interviewee:   Sarah Belle Cargile
IWY SC 702
Interviewer:     Constance Ashton Myers
Date: June 10-11, 1977

Sarah Belle Cargile, of James Island, South Carolina attended the conference with her family including her son Alan Dwight Cargile and her eldest daughter Mrs. Angela Kennedy. Both family members were interviewed for this project. Interview includes discussion of Cargile’s hope that she would learn about women’s issues at the conference; her nine children; and Cargile’s belief that her experiences as a woman and mother made her aware of women’s issues.

Sound Recording



Sarah Belle Cargile: I think all women would certainly understand.

Constance Ashton Myers: You are . . . Mrs. Sarah Cargile?

SC: That’s right.

CM: And you’re from Charleston?

SC: Yes.

CM: And you’re from James Island?

SC: Yes.

CM: Do you represent an organization at all?

SC: No.

CM: You came here as an individual?

SC: Individual, to learn everything that I could.


CM: Would you like to learn, and would you like to have any influence in, um, rejecting, or accepting, or adding to this slate of national recommendations?

SC: Well, I think that those that are better informed than I am right now on certain issues that could answer that question than I am.

CM: You really came to learn, not to have an influence, is that it?

SC: I know a good bit, because I have a family. And all of them are grown now. I feel that, um, I’m speaking from my experience as a mother with a family . . .

CM: How many children?

SC: I had nine.

CM: Did ya?

SC: Yes. And I’m speaking from my experience. I know there are others that had even less children than that that did not have opportunities to be part of this, so . . . . And I just wish that they were better up on everything. And could understand it better, and . . .

CM: Can you not go back home now and report these proceedings to them?

SC: Oh, yes.

CM: I’m so glad you came.

SC: Because . . . and I think that we need to work together.

CM: Yes.

SC: That’s all of it. Uh, we just need . . .

CM: What do you think about the possible consequences of this meeting? Socially?

SC: Well, it’s hard to say. because, um, I really . . . that’s a hard one, the answer. I hope it’ll be better.

CM: What made you aware of women’s issues?

SC: ‘Cause I’m a woman and I’m a mother. I’m very interested in the future of what things will be. I realize that laws are made, and they are there to stay as . . . it’s hard to break one when, you know . . . I said break one to change it, when it’s made. And the effect that this will have on the future, because there’s a fair change in, uh . . .

CM: Very fast change.

SC: That’s right. And you have to keep up with all the issues, or you’re lost. (Laughs)

CM: What issues in particular are you interested in here?

SC: Well, I want to learn all of it. I want to thoroughly understand every bit of it.

CM: How old are you, Ms. Cargile? You don’t have to tell me.

SC: I’m old enough to know. (Laughs)

CM: You don’t have to tell me.

SC: Having been mother of nine children.

CM: And how many grandchildren?

SC: Oh, I have . . . I have to stop to count them.


SC: I think one of our great problems of today is apathy. I think we have to reach out.

CM: Well, I’m certainly glad that you could come up here from James Island. Are you from James Island, too?

Alan Dwight Cargile: I am. Really, I’m her son. One of her sons.

CM: Oh, wonderful.

AC: And, uh, incidentally, I’m up here finishing university.

CM: And, so you are Alan D. Cargile. Your interview is with Kathy J. Carter.

AC: Right.

CM: Made earlier this evening.

AC: Right.

CM: Well, I certainly appreciate the time. All you good people. I’m glad you could come from James Island.

SC: This has been very interesting.

AC: I appreciate it.

SC: (Unintelligible at 3:22)

CM: And I hope you’ll be here all day, and participate in all the functions.

SC: We intend to.

(Break in Recording at 3:30)

CM: Mrs. Angela Kennedy interviewed right before Mrs. Sarah Cargile, is Mrs. Cargile’s oldest daughter.

AC: Alan Dwight.

CM: And Mr. Alan Dwight Cargile, whose voice was on this tape a little earlier, was interviewed by Kathy J. Carter this evening.

End of Interview