Interview with Linda Ramge


Dr. O. Jennifer Dixon-McKnight



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This interview was conducted by Dr. O. Jennifer Dixon-McKnight with Linda Ramge as part of Project 2020: A Collaborative Oral History. Ramge discusses her experiences amid the COVID-19 pandemic and critical year 2020, particularly as a resident of Sun City Carolina Lakes in Indian Land, SC. She shares the challenges of taking care of her husband who suffered from dementia, specifically in the context of confinement and a public health crisis. Ramge also describes the sudden shutdown of her community after the COVID-19 outbreak in early 2020, and how it subsequently changed everyday life. Notable topics of conversation include COVID-19 protocols (masks, social distancing, etc.), vaccination, mental health, education, virtual learning, pandemic hobbies, and personal recovery.

Linda Ramge (b. 1946) is a native of Lima, Ohio and 30-plus-year resident of the Carolinas. She moved to the Sun City Carolina Lakes Community in 2015. She is a former instructor of medical assisting at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in Charlotte, NC.

Spearheaded by Dr. Dixon-McKnight, an Assistant Professor of History and 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, Caregiving, Mental Health, Education, Sun City Carolina Lakes

Interview with Linda Ramge