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Oral History Interviews

Behind the Veil: African American Life in the Jim Crow South

During the summer of 1993, 1994 and 1995, the Duke University Center for Document Studies had twenty-five graduates students from fifteen universities interview 1,238 people in eleven states about their experiences in the Jim Crow South. The archives at Norfolk State University was chosen as a depository for copies of the interviews, which were conducted in Virginia.

The Oral History Collection also includes the recollections of local people, as well as some of the early professors and administrators who were pioneers at the university.

These oral histories deal with the civil rights movement in Norfolk, Virginia, and feature interviews of African American students and young faculty members active in the movement, as well as African American ministers and activists who later went into politics. Many of these interviews were conducted by Dr. Tommy Bogger.

Additionally, Dr. Tommy Bogger conducted oral history interviews for the book, Norfolk: The First Four Centuries (1994). The transcripts are located in the Norfolk City Clerk's office.

Access Copy Note: Not all the interviews are transcribed. These interviews are referenced in the archive by the names of the individuals interviewed.

Digital Status: CDs

Number of Interviewees: 35