Nola Elizabeth Knuckles is interviewed by Edward Clark Smith in August 1987 as part of the Western North Carolina Tomorrow Black Oral History Project. Born on November 25, 1910, Knuckles talks about being raised by her aunt and uncle after losing her parents. She discusses growing up on the farm in Abbeville County, South Carolina where her family grew crops and picked cotton. She recalls moving to Asheville, North Carolina when she was 16 or 17 years old, working as a maid and cook for a family, and engaging in community organizations. Knuckles mentions she was President of the Negro Auxiliary of Buncombe County Red Cross chapter where she worked with veterans. She participated in the Model Cities program helping residents in impoverished conditions in Asheville. Knuckles also discusses church attendance, African American social conditions in Asheville, and Martin Luther King, Jr.