The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Autobiography: Ernest D. Butler
Repository: Indiana University. Center for the Study of History and Memory
Collection Description (CRHP): The Rev. Ernest D. Butler became pastor of the Second Baptist Church in Bloomington, Indiana, in 1959 and became a crusader against local discrimination in employment, housing, and education.
Collection Description (Extant): Ernest D. Butler, born March 10, 1918 and died 2003, discusses his career and his involvement in the civil rights movement in the United States and in Indiana specifically.
Access Copy Note: Interviews are housed in Weatherly Hall North, Room 122. Copies are also housed at the Indiana University Archives in Herman B Wells Library E460. For other locations housing the interviews from this project, please contact the Center for the Study of History and Memory office.
Digital Status: No
Existing IDs: ohrc006
Extent: 2 reels, 1 7/8 ips, 240 minutes.
Finding Aid URL: http://purl.dlib.indiana.edu/iudl/findingaids/cshm/ohrc006
Related Archival Items: For more on Rev. Butler, see "Rev. Ernest D. Butler: Rebel with a cause" (DVD; Bloomington, IN : WTIU-Indiana University, 2008). Summary: "The late Reverend Ernest D. Butler was a crusader for civil rights during its most tumultuous era in Bloomington. Beginning with his arrival in 1959 to become pastor of the Second Baptist Church, Butler became a focal point in African Americans' struggle for equal employment, housing, and education. Complicated, bold, and shrewd, Butler worked with other community leaders to enact legislation that helped integrate Bloomington neighborhoods and guarantee equal rights. For his devotion and his tenacity, Butler, his endlessly supportive wife Mary, and their eight children faced harassment and death threats from the Ku Klux Klan. This documentary program features these important stories, but also traces his childhood and formative years as a pastor in Connersville and his success at integrating public and private facilities in Noblesville. Rev. Butler's transformation from fiery rebel to respected elder leader was hard fought and decades in the making."
Interviewees: Ernest D. Butler
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American clergy--Indiana
African Americans--Civil rights--Indiana
Civil rights movements--Indiana
Discrimination in education
Discrimination in employment
Discrimination in housing
Ku Klux Klan (1915- )--Indiana