Format Film, Video
Contributors Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
Conway, Purcell Maurice
Mosnier, Joseph
Dates 2011
Location Florida
Saint Augustine
United States
Language English
Subjects African American Civil Rights Workers
African American Police
Civil Rights Demonstrations
Civil Rights Movements
Discrimination in Public Accommodations
Filmed Interviews
Hayling, Robert Bagner
New York
New York (State)
Oral Histories
Saint Augustine
United States
Purcell Maurice Conway oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Saint Augustine, Florida, 2011-09-13.
Contributor Names
Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) (Creator)
Mosnier, Joseph (Interviewer)
Conway, Purcell Maurice, 1948- (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Saint Augustine, Florida, None 2011, 9
Subject Headings
-  Civil rights movements--United States
-  Civil rights movements--Florida--Saint Augustine
-  African American civil rights workers--Florida--Interviews
-  Civil rights demonstrations--Florida--Saint Augustine
-  Hayling, Robert Bagner
-  Discrimination in public accommodations--Florida
-  African American police--New York (State)--New York--Interviews
-  Interviews
-  Filmed interviews
-  Oral histories
-  United States -- Florida -- Saint Augustine
Filmed interviews
Oral histories
-  Summary: Purcell Conway recalls growing up in St. Augustine, Florida, and working many odd jobs. He recalls facing discrimination, participating in demonstrations, and witnessing a riot when attempting to integrate the beach. He also discusses moving to New York City, his career as a police officer, and successfully suing the city for discrimination in promotions.
-  Biographical History: Purcell Conway was born in 1948 in Saint Augustine, Florida. He participated in the Civil Rights Movement in Saint Augustine and worked as a police officer in New York.
-  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.
4 video files of 4 (HD, Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (77 min.) : digital, sound, color. 1 transcript (39 pages)
Call Number
Source Collection
Civil Rights History Project, (U.S.) (AFC 2010/039)
American Folklife Center

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