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Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region.

ORAL HISTORY

Camille Borroum-Mitchell


Borroum's Drug Store

Camille Borroum-Mitchell was born in 1926 in Corinth, Mississippi. She has lived in the small northeast Mississippi town all her life, except for her college years in Oxford, where she distinguished herself as the University of Mississippi’s first female pharmacy graduate.

Mrs. Borroum-Mitchell grew up around her father’s drug store, Borroum’s, which was then a third-generation family business. She began washing dishes around age fourteen and asked for a promotion after a month. She moved to cashier and then over to assist in the pharmacy.

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Now in her nineties, Mrs. Borroum-Mitchell owns and operates Borroum’s Drug Store with help from her son Lex and daughter-in-law Debbie. Debbie Mitchell oversees operations for the lunch counter, which does a brisk business in slugburgers. Mr. Mitchell has worked alongside his mother for years; the two embarked on a major remodel in the 1980s when big box stores threatened Corinth’s downtown businesses.

In 2015, Borroum’s turned 150 years old, making it the oldest continuously operating pharmacy in the state. Mrs. Borroum-Mitchell still works in the pharmacy daily, recounting fond memories and creating more.

Date of interview:
2016-03-10

Interviewer:
Kate Wiggins

Photographer:
Kate Wiggins/Sara Wood

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