Lucy P. Pettway
As a child, Lucy P. Pettway lived with her grandmother Lucy Mooney, cook at the old Pettway plantation house. Grandmother and granddaughter were often photographed together by Arthur Rothstein during his 1937 visit.
My name is Lucy Pettway, the daughter of the late Nelson and Catherine Mooney Pettway. My mother passed away only when I was four months old. I was reared by my grandparents, Needom and Lucy Mooney, in a rural community—first by the name of Primrose, Alabama; second, Rehoboth, Alabama; third, Gee's Bend, Alabama; and the present name is Boykin, Alabama.
At a young age, I united with the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church. My lifestyle centered around going to school, bringing water from a spring, the wood stove, fireplace, outhouse, kerosene lamps, washboard, washpot, and two tin tubs used for washing and taking a bath. Smoothing irons were placed to the fireplace to press my clothes.
In the late forties, I was united in holy matrimony to Willie Quill Pettway. The Lord blessed us with five children. They are all on their own. Our source of income came from farming. Thanks to the Good Lord, I was blessed with the things I wished for: a home and necessities for my home. I earned a degree from ASU—Montgomery, Alabama. Taught school for many years.
Now that I've retired, my mind reflects back to the past, comparing the past with the future. Life wasn't easy, but I made it by God's grace. I've come this far by faith. "In my distress I cried unto the Lord, and he heard me." Psalm 120:1.