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African American pioneers in Flagstaff oral history collection

Repository: Northern Arizona University. Library. Special Collections Division

Collection Description (CRHP): Multiple interviews in this collection pertain to segregated education and the civil rights movement in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Collection Description (Extant): The interviews in this collection recorded from 1998-2002 chronicle the growth of Flagstaff's African American community. Following World War II, a significant migration occurred when African American sawmill workers from the southern states found they could earn a higher income in the southwest. In Flagstaff, they found a small logging town unaccustomed to their culture. According to their place of origin, some migrants perceived the city to be relatively accommodating while others did not. Most interviews include informal discussion of the timber industry, World War II, civil rights, and the Flagstaff police department. Project funded by the Arizona Humanities Council.

Date(s): 1998-2002

Existing IDs: NAU.OH.79

Extent: 20 interviews

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Clarence Brook, Sr., Daniel Broomfield, Sally V. Chapman, Ollie Mae Cottrell, Katherine Hickman, Mack Jones, Sarah Knight, Ben Shird, Alfred (Okie) Taylor, Ruby Taylor, John L. Williams, Ollie Marion Dorsey Hawkins, Grady Graham, Rev. Raymond Flemons, Melton Williams, Robert Joe, Jack Peters, Jonnie Lee Egan, Dora Knight, Felton "Gene" Combs, Darlin Peoples, James W. Williams

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African Americans--Arizona
Arizona--Race relations
Civil rights--Arizona


Sound recordings


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