Format Film, Video
Contributors Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
Mosnier, Joseph
Sherrod, Shirley
Dates 2011
Location Albany
United States
Language English
Subjects African American Civil Rights Workers
African American Farmers
Civil Rights Movements
Federation of Southern Cooperatives
Filmed Interviews
New Communities Land Trust
Oral Histories
Sherrod, Charles
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)
United States
Shirley Miller Sherrod oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Albany, Georgia, 2011-09-15.
Contributor Names
Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) (Creator)
Mosnier, Joseph (Interviewer)
Sherrod, Shirley, 1948- (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Albany, Georgia, None 2011, 9
Subject Headings
-  Civil rights movements--United States
-  Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)
-  African American civil rights workers--Georgia--Interviews
-  Sherrod, Charles, 1937-
-  African American farmers--Georgia--Interviews
-  Federation of Southern Cooperatives
-  New Communities Land Trust
-  Interviews
-  Filmed interviews
-  Oral histories
-  United States -- Georgia -- Albany
Filmed interviews
Oral histories
-  Summary: Shirley Sherrod recalls growing up on a farm in Baker County, Georgia, her father's murder, and joining the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). She remembers traveling to Washington, D. C., to protest the Justice Department, and the attacks on her husband, Reverend Charles Sherrod, a civil rights leader in Albany, Georgia. She also discusses starting the New Communities Land Trust and working for the Federation of Southern Cooperatives and other organizations to help African American farmers.
-  Biographical History: Shirley Sherrod was born in 1948 in Baker County, Georgia and married Charles Sherrod in 1966. She attended Fort Valley State College and Albany State University, worked as a community organizer in rural farming and land issues, and was head of Federation of Southern Cooperatives.
-  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.
12 video files of 12 (HD, Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (104 min.) : digital, sound, color. 1 transcript (49 pages)
Call Number
Source Collection
Civil Rights History Project, (U.S.) (AFC 2010/039)
American Folklife Center

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