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Black history committee oral history project

Repository: Thomas Balch Library. Archives and Manuscripts

Collection Description (CRHP): Oral histories mainly of African Americans but also whites are included in this project, spearheaded by the Black History Committee, which was established in 2000 and is dedicated to preserving and sharing African American history in Loudoun County, Virginia. These interviews deal with segregation and integration as well as black community life, including schools and churches. Some, in particular, deal with the civil rights movement, including the ones of Irene Bobich and Gladys Jackson Lewis. Ms. Lewis discusses her work to integrate Leesburg in the 1950s and a visit by Stokely Carmichael there. Photographs of the interview subjects are included.

Access Copy Note: The collection is currently unprocessed.

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Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: M012

Extent: transcripts; audio tapes; photographs

Language: English

Related Archival Items: The Thomas Balch Library has other collections related to civil rights. While the Black History Committee Oral History Project is the main project dealing with race relations, oral histories in the Loudoun County Oral History Project (M 014), Student Oral History Collection (M 008), and Thomas Balch Library Oral History Collection (M 026) also might have relevant materials. The library also contains a circulating copy of the 2010 thesis "Civil Rights and the Death of Segregation in Loudoun County, Virginia," by Thomas Exline. In addition, the library has the Loudoun Defenders of State Sovereignty collection that deals with civil rights opponents. A documentary film was recently made, called Leesburg: An Exploration through Time, that explored race relations and used oral histories from the Balch Library. At least one new oral history was done for the film, and it will be archived at the library.

Interviewees: Joyce Ambers, Jeanne Ambers, Alberta Anderson, Eugene M. Barber, Georgia Irene Belle, Enoch Berryman, Albert Bland, Irene Walker Bobich, Edith Fox Brown, Barbara A. Coe, Francis Danner, Jr., Mary Blanche Danner, Ethel Katherine Gibson, Rev. Robert Grayson, Mary Fields Jackson, Violet Jackson, Joseph O. Johnson, Mae Eva Johnson, Gladys Jackson Bryant Lewis, Virginia Scott Lincoln, Florida Mcadory, Glandwood D. Moore, Warren M. Newman, Carrie Elizabeth Nokes, Estelle C. Randolph, Helen B. Reid, James Roberts, Thelma Spriggs, James Spriggs, Norman Stewart, Harold Sylvester Stinger, Wilson Townsend, James Michael Walton, Frank Watkins, Lou Etta Watkins, Mary Frances Wiley Webb

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American churches
African Americans--Civil rights--Virginia
African Americans--Virginia
Carmichael, Stokely
Civil rights movements--Virginia
Leesburg (Va.)
School integration--Virginia
Segregation in education--Virginia


Sound recordings


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