Interview with Carol and Donald Evenson


Dr. O. Jennifer Dixon-McKnight



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This interview was conducted by Dr. O. Jennifer Dixon-McKnight and Michaela Bessinger with Carol and Donald Evenson as part of Project 2020: A Collaborative Oral History. In the interview, the couple discuss their experiences amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the pivotal year 2020. The Evensons begin the interview with a brief biographical sketch about their lives, and how they ultimately ended up in the Sun City Carolina Lakes community of Indian Land, SC. They detail the sudden halt to their travel plans in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak as well as their quarantine experience, often discussing the lack of socialization and later the development of virtual activities (courses, exercise, etc.). Other topics of conversation include digital literacy, social unrests, civil rights, and the politicization of the pandemic (face masks, vaccine, etc.).

Carol and Donald “Don” Evenson, formerly of New Jersey, have been residents of Sun City Carolina Lakes in Indian Land, SC since 2010. Carol is a former speech and language specialist, and Don a department store owner and later financial consultant.

Spearheaded by Dr. Dixon-McKnight, an Assistant Professor of History & African American Studies at Winthrop University, Project 2020 is best summarized in her words: “The goal was to conduct interviews that explored the various ways in which Americans were experiencing and being impacted by the various watershed moments that emerged during 2020 (the global pandemic, social unrest, financial challenges, issues with healthcare, etc.)."

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COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020, Social Isolation, Vaccination, Social Unrest, 2020 U.S. Election, Digital Literacy, Sun City Carolina Lakes

Interview with Carol and Donald Evenson