Interview with Sylvia Sammons


One of the nice things about this digital age is the ability to capture and broadcast images. In October 1999, I interviewed Sylvia Sammons, a blind woodworker and musician living in Highlands, North Carolina. Sylvia is a remarkable human being with a refreshingly positive attitude. As a student at Furman University, she remembers a psychiatrist telling her that as long as she continued to be a demonstration for blind people everywhere she would be very unhappy. But that proved to be not true, Sylvia says. "Maybe it's just my makeup, but if I were Jewish or Black or Hindu, I would want to be a good representative of my race or culture," she says. "It's the same with being blind, and I want to be a good representative for blind people." Her story appeared in the March 2000 issue of Our State magazine (click here to read the text). Below, in Quicktime format, are portions of the taped interview. Click here to obtain a free copy of Quicktime. Please let me know what you think of this addendum to the Our State story by e-mailing me at

Thank you,
Ralph Grizzle

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