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Birmingfind project

Repository: Birmingham Public Library. Department of Archives & Manuscripts

Collection Description (CRHP): Interviews with members of Birmingham's African American communities discuss segregation in industry, race relations, the segregated Ensley neighborhood, sit-ins, Industrial High School, the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church, and the Negro National League. The collection is divided by ethnic group and includes interviews with Birmingham's African American citizens.

Collection Description (Extant): Birmingfind was a project funded in the 1980s by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to collect historical information on Birmingham ethnic groups and neighborhoods. This collection includes oral history interviews, clippings, publications, census data and other material relating to Birmingham's Lebanese, Greek, Italian, African American, and Jewish communities and the neighborhoods of Brookside, West End, Wylam, Woodlawn, North Birmingham and Ensley. The project also published a series of booklets on the histories of ethnic groups and neighborhoods.

Date(s): 1979-1981

Existing IDs: AR 809

Finding Aid: Finding Aid available at the repository.

Language: English

Interviewees: Will Battle, Lillie Mae Davis, J. Mason Davis, Lorenzo "Piper" Davis, Salye B. Davis, Bessie Estell, Virgil Harris, Ruth J. Jackson, Rosa M. Kent, George Lemley, Evelena McClindon, W. C. Patton, Clevon Phillips, Gertie Nix Pierce, John Porter, Clifford Streeter, Sanders E. Walker, Eugene Snelling Watson, Mary William Welborn, Gloria Welch, E. W. Windham

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


16th Street Baptist Church Bombing, Birmingham, Ala., 1963
African Americans--Alabama
Civil rights demonstrations--Alabama--Birmingham
Ensley (Birmingham, Ala.)
Negro leagues
Race discrimination--Alabama
Segregation in education--Alabama--Birmingham


Sound recordings


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