The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Oral history interview with Louise Mouzon
Repository: Avery Research Center
Collection Description (Extant): H. Louise Mouzon speaks of her family history, including her father's numerous professions as a shoemaker, a carpenter, and a Methodist minister at several Charleston, South Carolina area churches. She also mentions her mother's career as a teacher and her mother's family background, including their history with Avery. Mouzon describes at length her time at Avery, class of 1914, a period of transition when Avery faculty were changing from all white to all black. She includes several reminisces of white and black faculty, particularly under Principal Stevens, and mentions several faculty by name. Mouzon was a graduate of the normal school, and discusses efforts by Congressman Thomas E. Miller to include black teachers in the public school system. After discussing Avery graduation, she includes her own experiences as a school teacher, moving between Latte, Marion, and later Charleston. During the interview, Mouzon makes note of several social conditions within Charleston, speaking of streetcar segregation, the presence of colorism among teachers and students at Avery, the participation of Gullah island students within schools, jealousy from the black community against Avery, and the differences between Burke Public School and Avery.
Access Copy Note: Audio and transcript are available online.
Finding Aid URL: http://lowcountrydigital.library.cofc.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/AOH&CISOPTR=202&CISOBOX=1&REC=9
Interviewees: Louise Mouzon
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights.
African American educators--South Carolina
African American schools
African Americans--Civil rights--South Carolina
Discrimination in public accommodations