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Blount County Black History Project -Then and Now as Told by Those Who Lived It

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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

Abstract

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


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Series 2: Supporting Documents and Other ItemsAdd to your cart.
This series is comprised of newspaper clippings, writings, and brochures regarding the project and photographs of interviewees and interview locations.  The series also contains records regarding African American history in Blount County and Alcoa and bound collectitons of interview transcripts of interviews conducted in the Maryville area between 1983 and 2007.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Newspaper Clippings; Poem: I'm Dorothy's Eyes by Melissa EvansAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Decoration/Memorial Booklet, 2014Add to your cart.
Folder 3: PhotographsAdd to your cart.

Item 1:  Peggy Miller

Item 2:  David Davis

Item 3:  Albert Davis

Item 4:  Elbert and Millie (Henley) Prater, Sr

Item 5:  Mrs. Carr

Item 6:  Ms. Dorothy Dean

Item 7:  Photograph from Interview at Cedar Lawn Cemetery

Item 8:  Judy Knight

Item 9:  Kaye Tate

Item 10:  Cora Mae Goss

Item 11:  Sallie Bell Carter

Item 12:  Barbara J. Dean

Item 13:  Presentation at Blount County Library, January 22, 2015 (large group)

Item 14:  Presentation at Blount County Library, January 22, 2016 (man)

Item 15:  Presentation at Blount County Library, January 22, 2016 (woman and young child)

Item 16:  Woman (unknown)

Item 17:  Family at church (young boys)

Item 18:  Kaye Tate, Dorothy M. Kincaid, Mary Scott

Item 19:  Sylvia Porter

Item 20:  Dorothy Valentine

Folder 4: Photographs: Cedar Lawn Cemetery, 12-Feb-15Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Photographs On DVDAdd to your cart.

Item 1:  Cora Mae Goss

Item 2:  Dorothy Valentine

Item 3:  George Tanya Brenda Ms Usher Ms Thelma Brown Geraldine Upton

Item 4:  Interview at Cedar Lawn Cemetery

Item 5:  Judy Knight

Item 6:  Mrs. Barbara Jean Dean

Item 7:  Mrs. Kaye Tate

Item 8:  Mrs. Mary Scott

Item 9:  Sallie Bell Carter

Item 10:  Sylvia Porter

Item 11:  Thelma Brown Carr

Item 12:  2015 Albert Davis

Item 13:  2015 David Davis

Item 14:  Albert Davis

Item 15:  Charles M Hall School

Item 16:  Church Activities 1959

Item 17:  Church Activities 1959

Item 18:  Cora Mae Goss

Item 19:  Courts of Colanthians

Item 20:  David Davis

Item 21:  David Davis

Item 22:  Dorothy Valentine

Item 23:  Elber and Millie (Henley) Prater Sr

Item 24:  George Tanya Brenda Ms Usher Ms Thelma Brown Geraldine Upton

Item 25:  Interview at Cedar Lawn Cemetery

Item 26:  Judy Knight

Item 27:  Miller and Father Ralph Miller

Item 28:  Millie Barton

Item 29:  Mr. Beatrice Huffine

Item 30:  Mrs. Carr

Item 31:  Mrs. Dorothy Warren Dean

Item 32:  Mrs. Barbara Jean Dean

Item 33:  Mrs. Kaye Tate

Item 34:  Mrs. Mary Scott

Item 35:  Ms Clark

Item 36:  Ms Geraldine Clarke Upton

Item 37:  Ms Harper

Item 38:  Ms Mary Reese -2

Item 39:  Ms McGhee

Item 40:  Ms Ruth Rainer

Item 41:  Peg Miller

Item 42:  Peggy and friends

Item 43:  Peggy and Logan's Marriage

Item 44:  Peggy Miller Hill & Son

Item 45:  Peggy Miller

Item 46:  Ronnie Nunn

Item 47:  Sallie Bell Carter

Item 48:  Sylvia Porter of ALCOA

Item 49:  Tanya Henderson Martin

Item 50:  Wade Houston

Item 51:  No. 1 Dorothy Mitchell

Item 52:  Chas M Hall

Item 53:  Clarke Upton

Item 54:  Collage of Teachers 2

Item 55:  Collage of Teachers

Item 56:  Craig

Item 57:  Fitzgerald

Item 58:  Huffine

Item 59:  Lenoir Rainer

Item 60:  Lenoir Reese

Item 61:  Mrs. Clark

Item 62:  Mrs. Coleman

Item 63:  Mrs. Dorothy Warren

Item 64:  Mrs. Harper

Item 65:  Mrs. Huffine

Item 66:  Mrs. McGhee

Item 67:  Mrs. Reese

Item 68:  Teeter

Item 69:  Thelma Brown

Folder 6: DVD of Documents found in Folders 7 through Folder 35Add to your cart.
Folder 7: ALCOA 50 year employeesAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Bethel REPS of legionAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Blacks In A Company TownAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Court of CanlantiasAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: DMC ProgramAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Geneva Johnson Celebration and Death NoticesAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Gilbert and Hall School Program - RESTRICTEDAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: J Harris Fowler and Dollie SilerAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Peggy Miller HillAdd to your cart.
Letter to Editor
Folder 16: Program Picture Jo DavenportAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Reflections by Barbara DeanAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Wade Houston Copy of PhotographAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: 1988 Interview SummariesAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Charles M. Hall School TeachersAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Copy of 1964 Reunion List - RESTRICTEDAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: David Glenn Davis Biography IAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: David Glenn Davis Biography IIAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Document from Cora Thompson Goss Re: Carl McDonaldAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Documents about Black History of Blount CountyAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Interview Summaries IIAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Documentation from Ronald Coffin Re: AME Zion ChurchAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Interview SummariesAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Dorothy Mitchell-Kincaid AutobiographicalAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Edwin Best List of IntervieweesAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Bill Murrah Memo Re: Hall-Oldfield Community and City of AlcoaAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Peggy Miller Biography, 2015Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Program for Oral History Project, April 19 2009Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Publication Memo from Bill Murrah, Hall-Oldfield / Alcoa FileAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: Connie Hooper Scott Testimonial / Biography, 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Photographic Slides and Negatives, 1992-1993Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Oral History Interview Transcripts (Bound)Add to your cart.
African Americans in Appalachia and Blount County, Oral History Project, Volume 1.  Interviews conducted by students at Maryville College, 2007.  Compiled by Shirley Carr-Clowney.
Item 2: Oral History Interview Transcripts (Bound)Add to your cart.
African Americans in Appalachia and Blount County, Oral History Project, Volume 2.  Interviews conducted by students at Maryville College, 2007.  Compiled by Shirley Carr-Clowney
Item 3: Blacks in a Company Town: Alcoa, Tennessee 1919-1939Add to your cart.
Stage play (musical) by Linda Parris-Bailey, music by Trent Gilmore; Premiered by the Hall-Oldfield Community Youth Choir, Maryville College Theatre, February 24, 1991 (Bound Copy)
Item 4: Booklet: 4th Annual Memorial/Decoration Day Celebration, May 29, 2017Add to your cart.
The Beloved Community Outreach Foundation, Inc. and Foothills Funeral Home.  Cederlawn Cemetery.
Folder 1: Program: Charles M. Hall Alumni Association's Annual Scholarship Banquet, July 1, 2017Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Copies of Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Class Photographs (Joyce Miller Major, Class of 1958)
Folder 3: Article: Hall-Oldfield Recalls Pride and Prejudice: Residents Remember Noble Past, Ponder Troubled Present, March 14, 2017Add to your cart.
by Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times (Blount County)
Item 1: Diagram: Cedarlawn Cemetery, City of AlcoaAdd to your cart.
Updated 10/11/2011.  With names and lot numbers. Oversized Item. Shelved: Range17 A-5

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