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Blount County Black History Project -Then and Now as Told by Those Who Lived It | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

By Lori Myers-Steele

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Title: Blount County Black History Project -Then and Now as Told by Those Who Lived ItAdd to your cart.

Predominant Dates:2007-2015

Primary Creator: CDJ Media Productions

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in two series: 1: Interviews; 2: Supporting Documentation and Other Materials.

Subjects: African American civil rights workers., African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century., African Americans -- Education -- Southern States., Appalachian Region., Berea, (Ky.), Blount County (Tenn.)., Civil rights movements -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century., Civil rights movements., School integration -- United States.

Languages: English


Charles Pride, Dorothy Kincaid, and Jo Davenport formed CDJ Media Productions to conduct and record interviews with black Blount County residents who helped shape the community during and after the integration of the schools in 1969. Their idea for collecting interviews was formed in 2007 when they identified an urgency to preserve, in an accurate and positive way, Blount County’s rich black history. Their work resulted in “Blount County’s Black History — As Told by Those Who Lived It — Then and Now.”

Among the interviews making up the collection are interviews of:

Ronald S. Coffin, a native of Blount County (born Aug. 23, 1947) who was reared in Maryville and educated until 1963 at the W. J. Hale School, a segregated school for “colored students.”  Coffin is one of the first four students to integrate Maryville High School on Sept. 3, 1963--six days after the March on Washington led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Tanya Darlene Martin (née Henderson) is the first of five children of Cecil and Freddie Mae Henderson and the fourth generation of her family to live in Alcoa.  She attended Charles M. Hall School, a segregated school, from the first through tenth grade. In September 1963 she was among the first fifteen African-Americans to attend Alcoa High School. In 1965, Martin became one of the first four African-Americans to ever graduate from Alcoa City Schools.

Constance “Connie” Hooper Scott was born on Feb. 22, 1948, in Maryville.  She attended W. J. Hale School until June 1963 and on Sept. 3, 1963 she became one of the first four students to integrate Maryville High School. Scott was the first African American to be inducted into the National Honor Society at Maryville High School. After graduating from Maryville High School in 1966, she attended Knoxville Business College where she received an associate’s degree.

Sylvia Y. Porter, is one of the first four students to integrate Maryville High School in September 1963.  She was born in Maryville on Sept. 23, 1947 and attended W. J. Hale School until 1963.

Dexter and Marjorie Stewart, Sharon Ferguson, Bill Murrah, Garry Hill, Stone Carr, Judy Knight, Sylvia Porter, Felicia Samuels, Cora Goss, Kaye Tate, Mary Scott, Geraldine Upton, Dan McCord, R.J. Miller, Jr., Paulette Pace, Juanita Usher, Thelma Brown, Dorothy Mynatt, Richard Turney, Charles McNear, Larry Brown, Robert and Alma Davis, Clara Stevens and Darlene Sudderth.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of video recorded interviews of individuals involved, both before and after, with the integration of public schools in Blount County, Tennessee.  Also included in the collection are photographs and other records documenting the project and Blount County black history.

Subject/Index Terms

African American civil rights workers.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century.
African Americans -- Education -- Southern States.
Appalachian Region.
Berea, (Ky.)
Blount County (Tenn.).
Civil rights movements -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century.
Civil rights movements.
School integration -- United States.

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

Accruals: Andrew Baskin (March 2017) - Provided bound series (4) of additional oral histories (see Series 2)

Access Restrictions: Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Use Restrictions:

Berea College does not retain copyright and intellectual property rights to the materials in this collection.  The donors (CDJ Media) grant the College permission to use the materials for research or non-commercial purposes.  Any commercial use must have the permission of the donors.

Some records within the collection may be restricted as they contain personal information.

Acquisition Source: Dorothy Kincaid, Jo Davenport and Charles Pride of CDJ Media

Acquisition Method: The collection was donated to Berea College Special Collections and Archives in March 2015 by Dorothy Kincaid, Jo Davenport and Charles Pride of CDJ Media.  The transfer was the result of a close collaboration between CDJ Media in Alcoa, Tennessee, and Andrew Baskin, Program Chair and Associate Professor of African and African American Studies, and Rachel Vagts, Head of Special Collections and Archives.  Please see Restrictions note below for more information.

Preferred Citation: [Record identification], Blount County Black History Project – Then and Now as Told by Those Who Lived It, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: The collection was open to researchers in 2015. The finding aid was created by Lori Myers-Steele, College Archivist in 2015. Links to available digital recordings added 2017-2018.

Other Note:

The collection was open to researchers in 2015.

Collection Number: BCA 0157

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Interviews],
[Series 2: Supporting Documents and Other Items],

Series 1: InterviewsAdd to your cart.
This series is comprised of the 26 videotaped interviews conducted by Dorothy Kincaid and videotaped by Charles Pride and Jo Davenport (Box 1). In Box 2 are 36 additional videotaped interviews recorded during 2017 by Andrew Baskin.
Box 1: Interviews and Events Recorded by Charles Pride, Dorothy Kincaid, and Jo DavenportAdd to your cart.
Item 1: BC-001Add to your cart.
Blount Black History at Library 1-22-15        View Video
Item 2: BC-002Add to your cart.
Celebration 10-4-2014      View Video
Item 3: BC-003Add to your cart.
Clara Stevens (10-26-14)    View Video
Item 4: BC-004Add to your cart.
Dan McCord        View Video
Item 5: BC-005Add to your cart.
Darlene Sudderth (11-16-2014)    View Video
Item 6: BC-006Add to your cart.
Barbara Dean  2-18-2011      View Video
Item 7: BC-007Add to your cart.
Dexter Stewart      View Video
Item 8: BC-008Add to your cart.
Dorothy Kincaid 10-26-2014      View Video
Item 9: BC-009Add to your cart.
Dorothy Valentine    View Video
Item 10: BC-010Add to your cart.
Gary Hill      View Video
Item 11: BC-011Add to your cart.
Geraldine Upton 11-29-2008      View Video
Item 12: BC-012Add to your cart.
Judy Watson-Knight      View Video
Item 13: BC-013Add to your cart.
Larry Brown, Mary Scott, Stone Carr, & Charles McNear-(8-24-2014)    View Video
Item 14: BC-014Add to your cart.
Mariorie Stewart, Brenda Williams, Willa Estel    View Video
Item 15: BC-015Add to your cart.
Marjorie Stewart    View Video
Item 16: BC-016Add to your cart.
Marjorie Stewart, Sharon Ferguson, Gerry Hill, Stone Carr      View Video
Item 17: BC-017Add to your cart.
Dorothy Mynatt  5-7-2013    View Video
Item 18: BC-018Add to your cart.
Robert & Alma Davis    View Video
Item 19: BC-019Add to your cart.
Ron Coffin & Silvia Porter (Maryville)    View Video
Item 20: BC-020Add to your cart.
Roundtable 1  View Video
Item 21: BC-021Add to your cart.
Sally B Carter & Felicia Samuel    View Video
Item 22: BC-022Add to your cart.
Sharon Ferguson  View Video
Item 23: BC-023Add to your cart.
Stone Carr  View Video
Item 24: BC-024Add to your cart.
Sylvia Porter (Alcoa)    View Video
Item 25: BC-025Add to your cart.
William (Bill) Murrah    View Video
Item 26: BC-026Add to your cart.
Zenobia Toney      View Video
Box 2: Interviews Recorded by Andrew BaskinAdd to your cart.
Item 1: BC-027Add to your cart.
Davis, Albert  4/5/2017  (Access in the Library only with his permission)
Item 2: BC-028Add to your cart.
McCord, Cathy & Dan  5/10/2017  View Video
Item 3: BC-029Add to your cart.
Houston, Charles  5/9/2017    View Video
Item 4: BC-030Add to your cart.
Bronner, Debora  1/20/2017    View Video
Item 5: BC-031Add to your cart.
Stewart, Dexter & Keri  4/26/2017  View Video
Item 6: BC-032Add to your cart.
Brown, Dorothy  3/15/2017    View Video
Item 7: BC-033Add to your cart.
Kincaid, Dorothy  1/18/2017    View Video
Item 8: BC-034Add to your cart.
Mynatt, Dorothy  3/16/2017    View Video
Item 9: BC-035Add to your cart.
Zachery-Williams, Gloria  2/25/2017  View Video
Item 10: BC-036Add to your cart.
Goss,  Herbert  4/27/2017  View Video
Item 11: BC-037Add to your cart.
Hill,  Jackie E.  4/27/2017  View Video
Item 12: BC-038Add to your cart.
Julian, James & Eppi  View Video
Item 13: BC-039Add to your cart.
Oliver, Janet Minor  2/1/2017  View Video
Item 14: BC-040Add to your cart.
Dean, Jonnie Mae  2/1/2017  View Video
Item 15: BC-041Add to your cart.
Boyd, Lana Sudderth  3/16/2017  View Video
Item 16: BC-042Add to your cart.
Smith, Larry  3/17/2017  View Video
Item 17: BC-043Add to your cart.
Porter, Leslie  3/7/2017    View Video
Item 18: BC-044Add to your cart.
Brown, Lilli Teeter  4/4/2017  View Video
Item 19: BC-046Add to your cart.
McBath, Margaret Boyd  4/13/2017  (Audio Only)  Listen
Item 20: BC-047Add to your cart.
Stewart, Marjorie  2/1/2017      View Video
Item 21: BC-048Add to your cart.
Love, Melvin  4/6/2017    View Video
Item 22: BC-049Add to your cart.
Dorsey, Nancy Teeter  1/27/2017    View Video
Item 23: BC-050Add to your cart.
Dean, Particia  1/31/2017    View Video
Item 24: BC-051Add to your cart.
Estel, Rev. Willa  3/1/2017      View Video
Item 25: BC-052Add to your cart.
Estel, Rev. Willa  3/1/2017  View Video
Item 26: BC-053Add to your cart.
Robinson, Rodney  2/24/2017  View Video
Item 27: BC-054Add to your cart.
Coffin, Ron and Patrick Porter  3/7/2017  View Video
Item 28: BC-055Add to your cart.
Coffin, Ron  3/16/2017  View Video
Item 29: BC-056Add to your cart.
Ferguson, Ron  3/21/2017  View Video
Item 30: BC-057Add to your cart.
Ferguson, Sharon Sissy  1/31/2017  View Video
Item 31: BC-058Add to your cart.
Martin, Tanya Henderson 3/2/2017  View Video
Item 32: BC-059Add to your cart.
Tellis, Rosa Cash  4/5/2017  View Video
Item 33: BC-060Add to your cart.
Woods, Tommy  4/19/2017  View Video
Item 34: BC-061Add to your cart.
Sudderth, Veronica Darlene  11/16/2014  View Video
Item 35: BC-062Add to your cart.
Houston, Wade  3/16/2017  View Video
Item 36: BC-063Add to your cart.
Toney, Zenobia    View Video

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[Series 1: Interviews],
[Series 2: Supporting Documents and Other Items],

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