Film, Video Matthew J. Perry oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Columbia, South Carolina, 2011-06-07.

Format Film, Video
Contributors Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
Mosnier, Joseph
Perry, Matthew J. (Matthew James)
Dates 2011
Location Columbia
South Carolina
United States
Language English
Subjects African American Judges
African American Lawyers
African American Veterans
Civil Rights Movements
Filmed Interviews
Interviews
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Oral Histories
Participation, African American
South Carolina
South Carolina State College
United States
World War
Title
Matthew J. Perry oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Columbia, South Carolina, 2011-06-07.
Contributor Names
Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) (Creator)
Mosnier, Joseph (Interviewer)
Perry, Matthew J. (Matthew James), 1921-2011 (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Columbia, South Carolina, July 2011, 6
Subject Headings
-  African American veterans--Interviews
-  Civil rights movements--United States
-  NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
-  South Carolina State College
-  World War, 1939-1945--Participation, African American
-  African American lawyers--South Carolina--Interviews
-  African American judges--South Carolina--Interviews
-  Interviews
-  Filmed interviews
-  Oral histories
-  United States -- South Carolina -- Columbia
Genre
Interviews
Filmed interviews
Oral histories
Notes
-  Summary: Judge Matthew J. Perry recalls serving in the military during World War II, and experiencing discrimination during the war. He remembers watching a trial that inspired him to go to the newly formed law school at South Carolina State College. He discusses his start as a trial lawyer in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the famous civil rights cases he argued, joining the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and his admiration for the African American lawyers who mentored him.
-  Biographical History: Matthew J. Perry was born in 1921 in Columbia, South Carolina, married Hallie Bacote, and had one son. He attended South Carolina State College and South Carolina State College of Law, and worked as a civil rights attorney and judge in South Carolina. Perry died in 2011.
-  Acquisition Note: The Civil Rights History Project is a joint project of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture to collect video and audio recordings of personal histories and testimonials of individuals who participated in the Civil Rights movement.
-  Existence and Location of Copies: Copies of items are also held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.).
-  Conditions Governing Access: Collection is open for research. Access to recordings may be restricted. To request materials, please contact the Folklife Reading Room at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.contact.
-  Related Archival Materials: Artifacts associated with the interview are at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Medium
3 video files of 3 (HD, Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (55 min.) : digital, sound, color. 1 transcript (23 pages)
Call Number
afc2010039_crhp0024_mv01.mov
afc2010039_crhp0024_mv02.mov
afc2010039_crhp0024_mv03.mov
afc2010039_crhp0024_perry_transcript.docx
Source Collection
Civil Rights History Project, (U.S.) (AFC 2010/039)
Repository
American Folklife Center

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