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Oral history interview with William J. Miles

Repository: University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee. Library. Archives

Collection Description (CRHP): William J. Miles was born 13 August 1926, in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. He served as a priest in the Episcopal Church from 1951 until his retirement in 2004. He was active in the Milwaukee Congress of Racial Equality, and helped to organize the Milwaukee United Schools Integration Committee.

Collection Description (Extant): Tape-recorded interview of Rev. William Miles, providing information on his experiences during the civil rights movement in Milwaukee circa 1964-1969. In this oral history, Miles discusses his role in the Milwaukee United School Integration Committee (MUSIC) of which he was a founder. Topics include the Freedom Schools in Milwaukee; Fr. James Groppi; Lloyd Barbee; and MUSIC's relationships with UW-Milwaukee and Marquette University. Miles also discusses the reaction of his parish, the Anglican Church, and the broader community to his actions. He also provides some information on his experiences with retail (Porters of Racine). There is no index or transcript for this recording.

Origin Info: This interview was conducted by Marc S. Rodriguez on 18 March 1994 in Glendale, Wisconsin.

Access Copy Note: This interview and transcript has been digitized and is available in two parts on the March on Milwaukee Civil Rights History Project site (, launched in September 2010. In addition to documents and mp3 files, the site contains photos and videos (mp4 format).

Collection URL: External Link

Date(s): 1994

Digital Status: Yes

Existing IDs: UWM Manuscript Collection 280

Extent: 1 audio cassette

Language: English

Interviewees: William J. Miles

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


African Americans--Wisconsin
Barbee, Lloyd A., 1925-
Civil rights movements--Wisconsin
Civil rights--Religious aspects--Christianity
Congress of Racial Equality
Episcopal Church
Groppi, James, 1930-1985
School integration--Wisconsin--Milwaukee


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