Living Oral History

Program

The Living Oral History program is a partnership between the African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County and the Ann Arbor District Library.

 

The Digital Collection is an extension of the Living Oral History Project Exhibit. It includes materials from AADL’s Community Collections about six major topics important to African American communities in Washtenaw County: Community Centers; Education; Housing; Employment; Entrepreneurship; and Faith.

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From February 9, 1942 caption in the Ann Arbor News:

 

"John Riggs, who reached his 80th birthday last week, says it is time for him to retire. For 20 years he has operated his own barber shop on N. Fourth Ave. He was born in York township. What with his painful rheumatism he thinks he may try to find a little relief in Arizona during his twilight years."

In Their Own Words: The Living Oral History Project

 

These interviews serve as a road map illustrating what local African-Americans witnessed, experienced, and contributed to building the community we share today. Topics such as race; gender; education; equality; faith; housing; employment; community building activities; and social infrastructure were presented and discussed, providing a spectrum of perspectives.

Presented in partnership between the African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County and the Ann Arbor District Library. And made possible in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Louise (Lane) Bass
Albert Prince Marshall
Versa Roach
Thelma Goodman
Moses  Bass
Rev. SL Roberson
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Leo Clark
John William Barfield
Ralph W. Grimes
George Goodman
Eugene Beatty
Marguerite (Davis) Eaglin
Maude Odum Forbes
Erma Lillian (Scott) Mashatt
Walter Ron Easley
Bernice & Nina Kersey
Emroy Lois (Woods) Cook
Dr. Phillip Wells
Rev. Garther Roberson Jr.
Louise Bass
Vanzetti Morris Hamilton
Ometha Maxine (Washington) Smith
Louise (Lane) Bass
Albert Prince Marshall
Versa Roach
Thelma Goodman
Moses  Bass
Rev. SL Roberson
N152_0160_178
Leo Clark
John William Barfield
Ralph W. Grimes
George Goodman
Eugene Beatty
Marguerite (Davis) Eaglin
Maude Odum Forbes
Erma Lillian (Scott) Mashatt
Walter Ron Easley
Bernice & Nina Kersey
Emroy Lois (Woods) Cook
Dr. Phillip Wells
Rev. Garther Roberson Jr.
Louise Bass
Vanzetti Morris Hamilton
Ometha Maxine (Washington) Smith

In Their Own Words – Voices from the Past A.P. Marshall African American Oral Histories

 

40 years ago, Historian and EMU Professor A.P. Marshall interviewed dozens of leaders in Ypsilanti’s African American community, seeking to preserve the stories and struggles of a generation who lived through the Great Depression, WWII, and the Civil Rights movement.The online archive features the recording with a full transcript, annotations and photographs.

Presented in partnership between the African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County and the Ypsilanti District Library. Made possible in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

AACHM    PO Box 130724      Ann Arbor, MI 48113     734-761-1717     aachmuseum@att.net

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