Format Film, Video
Contributors Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
Finney, Ernest A. (Ernest Adolphus)
Mosnier, Joseph
Dates 2011
Location Columbia
South Carolina
United States
Language English
Subjects African American Judges
African American Lawyers
African American Legislators
Civil Rights Demonstrations
Civil Rights Movements
Filmed Interviews
Oral Histories
Rock Hill
South Carolina
South Carolina State College
United States
Ernest Adolphus Finney oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Columbia, South Carolina, 2011-06-08.
Contributor Names
Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) (Creator)
Mosnier, Joseph (Interviewer)
Finney, Ernest A. (Ernest Adolphus), 1931- (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Columbia, South Carolina, August 2011, 6
Subject Headings
-  Civil rights movements--United States
-  South Carolina State College
-  African American lawyers--South Carolina--Interviews
-  African American judges--South Carolina--Interviews
-  African American legislators--South Carolina--Interviews
-  Civil rights demonstrations--South Carolina--Rock Hill
-  Interviews
-  Filmed interviews
-  Oral histories
-  United States -- South Carolina -- Columbia
Filmed interviews
Oral histories
-  Summary: Ernest Finney recalls his father's teaching career and attending law school at South Carolina State College. He remembers defending the "Friendship Nine," a group of college students who protested segregation in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He discusses joining the South Carolina Human Rights Commission, serving as a state representative, and his election to the State Supreme Court.
-  Biographical History: Ernest Finney was born in 1931 in Smithfield, Virginia, married Frances Davenport, and had three children. He attended Claflin College and South Carolina State University School of Law. He worked as a civil rights lawyer, judge and interim president of South Carolina State University.
-  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
-  Related Archival Materials: Artifacts associated with the interview are at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
6 video files of 6 (HD, Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (55 min.) : digital, sound, color. 1 transcript (27 pages)
Call Number
Source Collection
Civil Rights History Project, (U.S.) (AFC 2010/039)
American Folklife Center

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