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Oral history project

Repository: R. W. Norton Art Gallery

Collection Description (Extant): Not everyone in Northwestern Louisiana who served our country gets recognized, but with the R. W. Norton Art Foundationīs Oral History Project many have a chance to share their experiences. Stories of World War II, whether in Europe, the South Pacific, or on the Home Front deserve to be told and recorded.

This project began in 2003 when we realized that the vast majority of the "greatest generation", the men and women who served in and gave witness to World War II, had left no record behind. Believing that archiving these histories is simply the right thing to do, we began interviewing these veterans, recording their memories and providing a personal copy to each of them while keeping a copy at the Norton Art Gallery. Presently, several hundred of these interviews have been archived and the number continues to grow.

As the project expanded, its scope grew to include:

Veterans of WWII
WWII Civilian Defense Employees
Veterans of Subsequent Wars and Conflicts
The Civil Rights Movement
Louisiana Musical Pioneers
Oil and Gas Industry Entrepreneurs
Local Community Leaders

Collection URL: External Link

Date(s): 2003-

Language: English

Interviewees: Alice G. Billiard Bates, Edward Bradley, Lindbergh Carpenter, Kelvin J. Cochran, Patricia Ann Dyas, Odis L. Easter, Ira D. Ferguson, Randall C. Ferguson, Carrie L. Grossley, Eursla Dickerson Hardy, Leslie A. Jones, Carolyn N. Jones, Albertha Ballard Lewing, Mattie Smith Lewis, Phillip Martin, Roberta Saunders Mays, Mairus T. McFarland, C. E. McLain, Wilford Mims, Danny Mitchell, Laverne Ridley Monroe, Martha Payne, Phillip Pennywell Jr., Robert E. Piper Jr., Victoria Reliford, Shirley Roberson, Roosevelt Shields, W. "Willie" James Singleton, Bernice S. Smith, Paul Smith Sr., Anne Stewart, Ollie S. Tyler, Marie Blackston Walker, Joseph Walker Jr., Mamie Love Wallace, Ronald L. Washington, Donald H. Washington, Shirley Wills, Lois B. Wilson, Andrew Wilson, John Woodard

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


African Americans--Louisiana
Civil rights demonstrations--Louisiana--Shreveport
Civil rights movements--Louisiana


Sound recordings


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