Format Film, Video
Contributors Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
Hrabowski, Freeman A.
Mosnier, Joseph
Dates 2011
Location Baltimore
United States
Language English
Subjects 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing, Birmingham, Ala.
African American Children
Children's Crusade
Civil Rights Movements
Filmed Interviews
Hampton University (Va.)
Meyerhoff Scholarship Program
Oral Histories
United States
Freeman A. Hrabowski oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Baltimore, Maryland, 2011-08-14.
Contributor Names
Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) (Creator)
Mosnier, Joseph (Interviewer)
Hrabowski, Freeman A. (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Baltimore, Maryland, None 2011, 8
Subject Headings
-  Civil rights movements--United States
-  Children's Crusade, 1963
-  Civil rights movements--Alabama
-  16th Street Baptist Church Bombing, Birmingham, Ala., 1963
-  African American children--Alabama--Birmingham
-  Meyerhoff Scholarship Program
-  Hampton University (Va.)
-  Interviews
-  Filmed interviews
-  Oral histories
-  United States -- Maryland -- Baltimore
Filmed interviews
Oral histories
-  Summary: Freeman A. Hrabowski recalls growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, and attending the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church. He remembers being arrested for marching in the Birmingham Children's Crusade in 1963, and the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church. He also discusses attending Hampton University and later starting the Meyerhoff Scholars Program for African American men studying math and science.
-  Biographical History: Freeman Hrabowski was born in 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama, married Jacqueline Coleman, and had one son. He attended Hampton Institute and the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, and was the president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He participated in the 1963 Children's Crusade in Birmingham.
-  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) (78 min.) : digital, sound, color. 1 transcript (45 pages)
Call Number
Source Collection
Civil Rights History Project, (U.S.) (AFC 2010/039)
American Folklife Center

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