The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
[Lynchburg (VA) civil rights oral history collection]
Repository: Legacy Museum
Collection Description (CRHP): Some twenty-four interviews are held at the Legacy Museum that primarily look at the role of local civil rights activists in the movement and explore civil rights demonstrations, their experiences going go to jail, and intraracial tensions. People active and visible in the community were interviewed, including ministers. Interviewees discuss the local NAACP, which was seen as more conservative, and the Lynchburg Improvement Association, a more militant black organization. Cards and letters that local supporters sent to one of the students sent in the jail are included. In addition, an interview of J. Kenneth Morland, a prominent white sociologist involved in the Brown v. Board of Education case, is included.
Digital Status: Partial
Extent: audio recordings; video recordings; sound discs (CD); manuscripts; transcripts
Related Archival Items: The museum, which was founded to preserve the memory of the civil rights struggle but has expanded to include other topics as well, also has artifacts related to the movement either as part of its collection or has access to ones in the community. For example, the museum possesses a button used for the 1963 March on Washington. The museum also has clippings of local newspaper articles and images on the movement as well as a scrapbook. In addition, it has on display an oil painting done by a local artist that is a triptych of the local movement. An oral history of Ken Morland also exists in a collection of the Ed Peeples papers at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Interviewees: J. Kenneth Morland
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African Americans--Civil rights--Virginia
Black militant organizations
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
Civil rights demonstrations--Virginia
Civil rights movements--Virginia
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People