Doris Adelaide Derby oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, 2011-04-26.
And I always was the experimenter, the one [1:40:00] that, um, “Okay, we have a project. Let’s do it. Okay, you do it.” [Laughs] And so, I said, “Okay,” you know, “I’d like to do it.” And so, they, uh - I helped recruit, as well as be part of it. So, that’s what we did. We would go to different, travel around to different places. This was, uh, something I did part of the time.
I was still working with, um, the Liberty House. I was doing marketing and PR and, uh, sales promotion for Liberty House, traveling throughout the country, uh, making appearances on television, radio, newspaper, magazines, going to companies, going to retail stores to see if they would handle our products, going to wholesale places. Um, but at the same - and then, when I would come back, part of that time, um, I would answer letters that were sent to me as a result of the PR I was doing. Uh, I might, in between, if we had a new co-op to start, I might go out to that for a little while.
But then, I also, um, was, um - I would also spend a lot of time with Southern Media. And I had always liked to document things. Um, our family always kept in mind stories and keeping records. And so, I was called, like, the family historian, because I was always listening to my grandparents and writing things down about what they said, and so on and so forth. [Sighs] So, that’s how I got involved with Southern Media, and I just stayed with it and brought back all these photographs.
And the thing is, you know, a lot of people - there were other people who took pictures. But the question is where are they and what are they going to do? Um, we might have - there were a couple of other guys in our group, but one is deceased now. Maybe one of the other ones - well, actually, two out of that are deceased. And probably another guy is deceased; he was much older.
So, I thought that it was just really time, um, like in the ’90s - in the ’80s, I had a few - was starting to exhibit, but I was - the thing is I’m doing other things. I have a fulltime job.
JM: Of course.
DD: But there’s a group here that I would say was helpful to me in being able to do more with the exhibits, to facilitate it, and that was - we have a black women’s photography collective called Sistography.