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African-American Richmond: educational segregation and desegregation oral history project

Repository: Virginia Commonwealth University. Special Collections and Archives

Collection Description (Extant): This portion of the VBHA [Virginia Black History Archives] is comprised of fourteen oral history interviews conducted in 1992 by Virginia Commonwealth University students with African-Americans residing in the Richmond, Virginia metropolitan area. While the interviews focused on the educational experiences of these individuals, other subjects and issues affecting the lives of African-Americans were also discussed by the participants. The typed transcripts of the oral histories were scanned in 1994 to be included in the Virginia Black History Archives database and are accessible from this [web] site.

Origin Info: This oral history project was part of a VCU honors course, EDU 300, Foundations of Education, taught by Dr. Samuel M. Craver in the 1992 spring semester. It was one of several upper-level courses at VCU to be included in the "Illusion v. Reality Project" under a grant from the Ford Foundation. The purpose of the grant, according to Craver, was to stimulate the understanding of cultural diversity in the Richmond area and to collect related materials for the university library's Special Collections and Archives. The grant was the stimulus for what became the library's Virginia Black History Archives.

Access Copy Note: Only the transcripts are digitized. The original 14 transcripts and audiocassettes are available in Special Collections and Archives.

Collection URL: External Link

Date(s): 1992

Digital Status: Partial

Extent: 14 transcripts; 14 audiocassettes

Language: English

Related Archival Items: See the Virginia Black History Archives Collection, which consists of nearly 50 collections housed in Special Collections and Archives.

Interviewees: Haywood Baugh, Tony Baugh, Thomas Brownlee, Beverly Brownlee, Bernardin F. Dabney, Margaret G. Dabney, Emma Griffin, Alan Hamlett, Helen Hamlett, Elizabeth Howlett, Susan B. Lewis, Helen Ruby Hinton Lovell, Jean C. Quarles, William D. Quarles, Sheri N. Taylor, Jennifer P. Turnage, James E. Washington, Malcoma Washington

Rights (Extant): As a general rule, you may print, reproduce and use the information from the VCU Libraries Website for non-commercial, personal or educational purposes. See the library's copyright web site for more info:


African American college teachers
African American educators--Virginia
African American students--Virginia
African Americans--Civil rights--Virginia
African Americans--Education
African Americans--Employment
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
Busing for school integration
Race discrimination--Virginia
School integration--Virginia


Sound recordings


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