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Crossroads to freedom

Repository: Rhodes College

Collection Description (CRHP): This digital archive includes a number of collections on various aspects of the civil rights movement, including the role of educators, the role of legal and political figures, and school desegregation in Hoxie, Arkansas. In addition, documents on the Ku Klux Klan are included. The focus is the civil rights movement in Memphis, Tennessee. Most of the originals from the collection reside at the University of Memphis, the Memphis Public Library, Rhodes College, Hill Foundation, Inc., and private collections. The website also includes approximately 120 original interviews of Memphis residents.

Collection Description (Extant): Crossroads to Freedom is a collaborative effort to answer the question "How do we as a community, in Memphis, Tennessee, work together to preserve and understand our cultural heritage?" Many institutions and individuals in Memphis are dedicated to this task. The Crossroads team collects and makes accessible primary materials dating from about 1950-1970 that can support conversations about the impact of the past on our community today. We also provide technical and organizational support for preservation of Memphis historical and cultural materials by working with individuals, neighborhoods and cultural heritage organizations.

Collection URL: External Link

Digital Status: Yes

Extent: 115,230 items

Language: English

Related Archival Items: The University of Memphis has the raw footage for a film done on school desegregation in Hoxie, Arkansas.

Interviewees: Jim Lanier, Charlene Trotter, Charles C. Mercer, Jr., Essie Steadman, Ethel Tompkins, Lynne Turley, Charles Penix, Fayth Hill Washington, Bert Wolff, Rita Kendrick, Anne Lee Buford, Dorothy Crook, Judy Wimmer, Edward Hailey, Maxine Smith, Lewis Donelson, Robert Benham, Ann Benham, James Hunter Lane, Jr., Willie H. Herenton, Evelyn Strong, Al Bell, Margaret Seawood, Frances Brown, Stephen Pruitt, George Rutherford, John Wainwright, Jacqueline Bland, Garry Coleman, James Webb, Earline Duncan, Bertha (Dixie) K. Brown, Samuel 'Billy' Kyles, Henry Turley, Johnnie Turner, Eddie Ray, Russell B. Sugarmon Jr., D'Army Bailey, Hattie Tuggle, Leon Jones, Jesse Feldman, Modeane Thompson, Robert Atkins, Walter Bailey, W. J. Michael Cody, Georgia Anna King, George Lapides, Fred Davis, James Earl Netters, Mark Stansbury, Onzie Horne, Benjamin Hooks, Frances Hooks, Frank McRae, Sylvester Fulton, Doris Lewis, James Webb, Mary Maclin, James Jalenak, Billy Holmes

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


African American press
African Americans--Civil rights--Tennessee
Civil rights movements--Tennessee
Civil rights--Cases
Civil rights--Religious aspects
Hoxie (Ark.)
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968--Assassination
Ku Klux Klan (1915- )
Memphis (Tenn.)--Politics and government
Sanitation Workers Strike, Memphis, Tenn., 1968
School integration--Arkansas
School integration--Tennessee--Memphis
United States Commission on Civil Rights


Sound recordings


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