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Highlights from
Oral History Project:

Black Elders of the Seacoast

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This project was inspired by a fear of losing another generation's accounts of life in the region as experienced by African-Americans. The intention was not to write definitive autobiographies but simply to capture some of the memories and images of people who had lived in the region since before WWII. What emerged was a collection of stories reflecting their very different personal experiences and points of view. Interviews were completed between September 1990 and December 1991. Some of the photo sessions were done a little later, one earlier.

Five of the fourteen interviews are represented here.

Photographer: Kelvin Edwards
Interviewer: Valerie Cunningham

Valerie Cunningham
African American Resource Center
PO Box 5094
Portsmouth, NH 03801-5094
Voice 603-431-2768 / FAX 603-862-0650

Hazel Sinclair

Hazel Sinclair
"I have no regrets."

Frances Tilley Satchell

Frances Tilley Satchell
"My grandmother was a slave in Virginia."

Doris Moore

Doris Moore
"I was in the first WAC unit to go overseas."

Henry Pettiford

Henry Pettiford
"I'd never seen such a lonesome place."

Rosary Cooper

Rosary Cooper
"I got to be a first mate's crane operator on the 20 ton crane."

©1997-2000 Valerie Cunningham. All rights reserved.
Photo by Kelvin Edwards
Produced and hosted by SeacoastNH.com.

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