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Giles County oral history project

Repository: Tennessee State Library and Archives

Collection Description (CRHP): The interviews contain information about family, friends, work, worship, education, community and race relations in Giles County and nearby counties, and the oral histories were taken of Giles County Tennessee residents who were in their 70s and 80s. Many interviews mention race relations or integration. In addition, the Ku Klux Klan is addressed. The following interview subjects are African Americans: Agnes Bridgeforth, John W. Bridgeforth, Joseph Sutton and Savannah Terry. In addition, the interview with Mary Jane Sherrill was about black education, and other interviews address this topic as well.

Collection Description (Extant): The Giles County Oral History Project was a project conducted by the Giles County Historical Society in 1995 and 1996, in conjunction with Tennessee's Bicentennial Celebration . . . . The interviews concentrate on life in Giles County and give an interesting account of the many changes that have taken place in the county. Individuals from various walks of life, including, but not limited to, pastors, farmers, and schoolteachers give their accounts of Giles County.

Access Copy Note: Copies are also at Columbia State Community College and the Giles County Historical Society.

Date(s): 1995-1996

Digital Status: No

Extent: 44 transcripts; audio cassettes

Finding Aid: :

Finding Aid URL: http://www.state.tn.us/tsla/history/manuscripts/findingaids/96-107.pdf External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Agnes Bridgeforth, John W. Bridgeforth, Joseph Sutton, Savannah Terry, Mary Jane Sherrill

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

Subjects:

African Americans--Civil rights--Tennessee
African Americans--Education--Tennessee
African Americans--Tennessee
Civil rights movements--Tennessee
Giles County (Tenn.)
Ku Klux Klan (1915- )--Tennessee
Tennessee--Race relations

Genres:

Interviews
Sound recordings
Transcripts

 

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