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The Hampton Roads Oral History Project

Protestors challenge the segregation of dining facilities in front of the Kresge’s
department store in downtown Newport News, March 1960.
Courtesy of the Daily Press Archives © Daily Press

The Hampton Roads Oral History Project aims to document the impact of the civil rights movement on area residents. This service-learning project was established in the fall of 2012 by CNU history professor Dr. Laura Puaca, in conjunction with her History 341 class, “The Long Civil Rights Movement.” Students enrolled in the class worked in pairs to prepare, conduct, and transcribe an interview with a member of the local community. The project was carried out under the auspices of CNU’s Center for Community Engagement and in collaboration with two community organizations, the Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center and the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center.

This collection contains both the original audio files as well as the interview transcripts, which have been reviewed and edited by the students, HROHP staff, and each interviewee. The transcripts seek to remain faithful to the original content of each interview while assisting readability (eliminating false starts, filler words such as "uh," providing additional clarifying information when necessary, etc.).

These interviews serve as the basis for an on-going and permanent collection that will grow over time.

To read more about the students, click here

Interviews from Fall 2012

  Effie Ashe

  Flora Davis Crittenden

  Linwood Thomas Daye

  Vaughn Deel

  Willie Edwards

  Lovett Ernest Gaither

  Larry Gray

  Bertha Johnson

  Edith Melton

  Alice Rainey

Interviews from Fall 2014

  Dallas Corey

  Margo Drucker

  Dr. James Hudson

  Rosetta Mask-Griffin

Interviews from Spring 2015

  Larry Orie

  Nettie Orie

Interviews from Summer 2015

  Elwood Hill

  Audrey Williams

Special thanks to:

          Center for Community Engagement

          Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center

          Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center

The Hampton Roads Oral History Project