The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Sarah Moore Green oral history
Repository: Knox County Public Library. East Tennessee History Center
Collection Description (Extant): This videotaped oral history is of Sarah Moore Green, a prominent civil rights and education activist in Knoxville, Tennessee. An African-American woman, she campaigned for free public kindergarten and was elected to the school board. She knew Tennessee Senator Estes Kefauver. She is considered the godmother of civil rights efforts in Knoxville and dealt with school integration. The raw footage of the interview is at the center as well as a 30-minute condensed video version of the oral history that includes photographs.
Extent: 2 video recordings; photographs; 1 transcript
Related Archival Items: The interview was done by Steve Cotham, who is collections manager of the East Tennessee History Center's historical collection. He also did oral histories of local civil rights activists Robert J. Booker and Avon Rollins (see separate database entries) as well as oral histories that deal with Knoxville history more broadly. The archive also includes the WBIR-TV Newsfilm Collection which consists of digitized local footage including of the civil rights movement. In addition, the archive includes the Knoxville Journal morgue file, which contains news clippings related to the Clinton, TN, school desegregation ordeal.
Interviewees: Sarah Moore Green
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American political activists--Tennessee
African American women--Political activity
African Americans--Civil rights--Tennessee
Civil rights movements--Tennessee
Kefauver, Estes, 1903-1963
Knoxville (Tenn.)--Politics and government
Knoxville City Schools (Knoxville, Tenn.)