The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Avon Rollins oral history
Repository: Knox County Public Library. East Tennessee History Center
Collection Description (Extant): This videotaped oral history is of Avon Rollins, a prominent civil rights activist in Knoxville, Tennessee, who was involved with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He was arrested in Danville, Virginia, when pressing for civil rights there, and he participated in the 1963 March on Washington. 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.
Digital Status: Partial
Extent: 2 video recordings; photographs; 1 transcript
Related Archival Items: The interview was conducted by Steve Cotham, who is the collections manager of the East Tennessee History Center's historical collection. He also conducted oral histories of local civil rights activists Sarah Moore Green and Avon Rollins as well as oral histories that address 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: Avon Rollins
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American civil rights workers
African Americans--Civil rights--Tennessee
African Americans--Civil rights--Virginia
Civil rights movements--Tennessee
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Washington, D.C., 1963
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)