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Voices of black elders in the seacoast

Repository: [Valerie Cunningham repository]

Collection Description (CRHP): These 14 interviews, conducted by scholar Valerie Cunningham in the late 1980s, explore the lives of African Americans in the Seacoast Region of New Hampshire and Maine over the course of the 20th century. The interview subjects were in their 70s and 80s and, although the focus of the interviews was not civil rights, some were involved with the movement or touch on it in their oral histories. Included is an interview of Emerson Reed, who was legal redress officer of the Portsmouth NAACP branch and a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) board of the naval shipyard, a major employer in the region. Ms. Cunningham also interviewed Hazel Sinclair, a proprietor of the Rock Rest inn for African American guests in Kittery Point, Maine. Sinclair and her husband helped establish the first seacoast branch of the NAACP.

Date(s): 1980s

Digital Status: No

Extent: circa 14 audio cassettes; 14 transcripts; photographs

Language: English

Interviewees: Emerson Reed, Hazel Sinclair

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


African American businesspeople
African Americans--Civil rights--Maine
African Americans--Civil rights--New Hampshire
African Americans--Maine
African Americans--New Hampshire
Civil rights movements--Maine
Civil rights movements--New Hampshire
Civil rights--Cases
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People


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