Margaret Van De Graaf


As Interviewed by Chloe Van De Graaf, March 18, 2019
"And they had the hats, the pointed hats."
Margaret Van De Graaf

Introductory Profile: About Margaret Van De Graaf

My grandmother, Margaret Van De Graaf, was born in 1931 in Florida. Bushnell, Florida is where my grandmother spent most of her childhood.

My grandma is an opinionated, animated 88 year old woman. She is never in public without her hair done and lipstick on. She was raised to be a southern lady.

My grandmother witnessed racial segregation growing up. My grandma shared stories about the how the Blacks were treated as second class citizens. Grandma said, “That was just the way it was” and “it was just accepted.” She did share she hated witnessing some of the social injustices.

The Ku Klux Klan was active in the 1930s and 1940s in Florida while my grandma was a young girl. She was about 9 or 10 years old when she saw the Ku Klux Klan driving by her house. My grandma describes seeing the KKK through her young, innocent eyes.