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[Black Rockfordians oral history project]

Repository: Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. Northern Illinois Southern Wisconsin Chapter

Collection Description (CRHP): The Black Rockfordian Historical Focus Group (Ill.) sponsored oral history interviews for the publication of a book and DVD and in 2007 that includes more than 60 interviews; narrators speak about migration, overcoming obstacles, the Rockford educational system, the housing market, social outlets, and the role of black church. Interviewees were between 50 and 96 years old and had lived in community 25 years or more. Some had migrated from South Dakota, Colorado, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, and Tennesseee.

Date(s): 2006?

Digital Status: Partial

Extent: 60+ interviews

Language: English

Physical Location: Rockford, Illinois

Related Archival Items: In the Rockford Public Library, see the Rockfordiana files (African Americans, famous African Americans, Civil Rights Movement), as well as Marie Sturgis, "Let the Record Show"; Barbara Chapman, "That Men Know So Little of Men: A History of the Negro in Rockford, Illinois, 1834-1973"; Winnebago County Bicentennial Commission, "We the People of Winnebago County"; and Minnie Stewart, "Rockford's Forgotten History: A Brief History of Blacks in Rockford from August 1834-July 1984."

Interviewees: Charles Box, Tommie Lee Bandy, Estelle Black, Annie Blackwell, Victory Bell, Willie Bell, Lois Bowden, Robert Brown, Dorothy Burks, Barry Champion, Sr., Viola Anderson-Cole, Rebecca Cook-Kendall, Georgia Cooper, Flora Cousins, Geraldine Davenport, Annie Davis, George Ann Duckett, Carrie Ellis, Samuel and Jean Gaynor, Eldridge 'Skip' Gilbert, Paulette Greer, Arma Harris, Lloyd Hawks, Venita Hervey, Homer Hempstead, Glenda Hildreth, Eurslyn L. Hines, Sidella Hughes, Fred Hutcherson, Chuck Jefferson, Ernestine Kendall, Larnell Malone, Jackie Mannery, Lee Marks, Karen Marks, Lillie Marks, Margaret Meeks, Dorothy Newson, Doris Nolan, Dorothy Paige-Turner, Charles Perteete, Jewel Powell, Forest and Margie Price, Verla and Arthur Purifoy, Dorothy Redd, Elmer Rice Sr., Mary Katherine Robinson, Charles Ryder, Lee Sago, Helen Sanderful, Beulah Slaughter, Suzanne Smith, Calvin Squire, Carl Towns, David Watts, Alberta Weatherall, Annie Webster, Willie Mae Wells, Ada White, Hallie Williams, Michael Williams, Henrietta Williams, Velvet Woods

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

Title (CRHP): Black Rockfordians oral history project


African American churches--Illinois
African American politicians--Illinois
African Americans--Illinois
African Americans--Social life and customs
Discrimination in housing
Illinois--Race relations
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
School integration--Illinois
YMCA of the USA


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