The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
[Millie Bown Russell oral history interview]
Repository: Providence Health & Services. Archival and Historical Collections
Collection Description (CRHP): This collection consists of an oral history of Millie Bown Russell, an African American woman. Her mother founded Friendship House in Seattle, which later was a sponsored work of the Sisters of Providence called the St. Peter Claver Interracial Center. Millie discusses her parents' move to Seattle from the Midwest, the early beginnings of Friendship House, and some history of the Central Area, a traditionally black Seattle neighborhood. The interracial center began in the early 1940s in order to provide religious education to African Americans in the Central area but came to take on other functions as well, including as a place to promote interracial harmony. It ended its operations in the early 1970s. Russell's father was a dock worker involved in the labor movement, and she also talked about his work.
Digital Status: No
Extent: 1 cassette tape (90 minutes); 1 transcript
Related Archival Items: The archives has the manuscript collection of the St. Peter Claver Interracial Center as well as photographs of it. Photographs are available online at http://providencearchives.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm4/browse.php?CISOROOT=%2Fp15352coll48.
Interviewees: Millie Bown Russell
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American labor union members
African American neighborhoods
African Americans--Washington (State)
Civil rights--Religious aspects--Catholic Church
Labor movement--Washington (State)
Washington (State)--Race relations