Charleston Oral History Program at the Citadel

The Charleston Oral History Program The COHP conducts interviews with people from all walks of life in order to promote the study of The College and the region.

Recordings and transcriptions are made available to the public as part of The Citadel Oral History Program Collection in the Lowcountry Digital Archives. The COHP is one of the founding organizations of the Lowcountry Oral History Alliance, a regional group that promotes oral history research.

02/11/2021

The March 1969 firing of healthcare worker Louise Brown and eleven coworkers triggered a protracted strike at the Medical College Hospital in Charleston. The strike of several hundred low- wage African American workers fused traditional labor demands for better wages and union recognition with civil rights demands for fair treatment and an end to job discrimination. While speaking to graduate students in History 590 “Oral History in Modern Charleston,” Ms. Brown was asked to share her fondest memory of the strike. This was her reply:

"My fondest memory was this when the workers tried to sneak into the hospital with paper bags on their heads and the police protecting them, and Dr. McCord was afraid to come to the hospital so he took a helicopter and went to the top of the building to go to work. But yet still he said he was not going to hire some ignorant black women back to work, but yet he was afraid of these twelve black women. That he had to come to work in a helicopter because he was afraid to come past us because we had to actually block Barre and Ashley Ave. So, he was afraid. We weren’t going to touch him. That was my fondest moment. President of the hospital trying to sneak in, what? Boy, we rolled. We thought that was so funny. That’s my fondest moment."

The March 1969 firing of healthcare worker Louise Brown and eleven coworkers triggered a protracted strike at the Medical College Hospital in Charleston. The strike of several hundred low- wage African American workers fused traditional labor demands for better wages and union recognition with civil rights demands for fair treatment and an end to job discrimination. While speaking to graduate students in History 590 “Oral History in Modern Charleston,” Ms. Brown was asked to share her fondest memory of the strike. This was her reply:

"My fondest memory was this when the workers tried to sneak into the hospital with paper bags on their heads and the police protecting them, and Dr. McCord was afraid to come to the hospital so he took a helicopter and went to the top of the building to go to work. But yet still he said he was not going to hire some ignorant black women back to work, but yet he was afraid of these twelve black women. That he had to come to work in a helicopter because he was afraid to come past us because we had to actually block Barre and Ashley Ave. So, he was afraid. We weren’t going to touch him. That was my fondest moment. President of the hospital trying to sneak in, what? Boy, we rolled. We thought that was so funny. That’s my fondest moment."

lareviewofbooks.org 11/30/2020

Life Isn’t a Narrative: A Conversation with JoAnn Wypijewski - Los Angeles Review of Books

Smart thoughts from journalist JoAnn Wypijewski on her anthology with implications for oral history https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/life-isnt-a-narrative-a-conversation-with-joann-wypijewski/?fbclid=IwAR2o4cpIO9-LYdaKX6luwcDQuoGKqd1vkMIePQBEppoD0gjnAxqXZY7nD4I

lareviewofbooks.org The author of “What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About #MeToo” discusses the irrationality of s*x panics.

wsj.com 11/17/2020

Creating an Oral History of Your Family: Step by Step

Great guidance from Kelly Navies of the Smithsonian African American Museum https://www.wsj.com/articles/creating-an-oral-history-of-your-family-step-by-step-11605312323?page=1&fbclid=IwAR09r79EopMf4euqfqePPnJY5Edjsz6L_af4yB7Iwwok8onuvrsSJdxThH4

wsj.com It isn’t just about sticking a microphone in front of your family member. First, you have to learn some of the basics.

eventbrite.com 11/12/2020

Antiracist Education through Digital Local History: A Virtual Rountable

Coming up Thursday, Nov. 19 at 3:30:
"Antiracist Education through Digital Local History: A Virtual Roundtable"
The public health crisis caused by COVID-19 and the nationwide uprisings regarding racial and social justice have challenged public history professionals. Practitioners have had to expand their use of technology without training while urgently considering how to effectively create antiracism within their practice.
By sharing their experiences, we intend to provide a map of best practices for antiracist education in local public history using digital tools and platforms.
Our panel includes experts in local public history, archives, museums, and digital history: Mary Battle, Rachel Donaldson, Elisa J. Jones, Aaisha Haykal, Marina Lopez, and Leah Worthington.
TO REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/antiracist-education-through-digital-local-history-a-virtual-rountable-tickets-127435881151?fbclid=IwAR2UkOZcq51ngstaoMerSnXjgJ3JE3G7WRXse8j4Qr7jdKnykDs0soS_hM8

eventbrite.com A roundtable on antiracist and digital local history, featuring experts Mary Battle, Aaisha Haykal, Marina Lopez, and Leah Worthington.

youtube.com 10/22/2020

Let's Broaden the Narrative

The Ga***rd and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation just launched their new collection strategy, Broadening Narratives. Check it out and consider talking with them about your project idea.
Thanks and kudos to our own Daniela Sanchez Martinez, Citadel's Class 2020, who is featured in this beautiful video telling about one of the Ecos Project stories that resonated deeply with her. Artwork by Sammy López.

youtube.com What do we gain from sharing our stories? Learn more about our collections grantmaking strategy - https://gddf.org/collections/

youtube.com 10/20/2020

Black Lives Matter Uprising and Oral History: An Open Forum

OHA 2020 Annual Conference. Check out this important and timely conversation.
Black Lives Matter Uprising and Oral History
Panelists: Nishani Frazier, Miami University and Paul Ortiz, University of Florida.

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youtube.com 09/28/2020

Latinx Cadets_Alex Justiniano

In 2016, cadets Thomas Spera and Avery Walton came to the Charleston Oral History Program to complete their Internship in Hispanic Language and Culture and lead a project to learn more about the experiences of the Citadel Latino Cadets. In this segment, one of their interviewees, cadet Alex Justiniano, talks about his family background and the growing Latinx community in Charleston and the Citadel.

youtube.com In 2016, cadets Thomas Spera and Avery Walton came to the Charleston Oral History Program to complete their Internship in Hispanic Language and Culture and l...

09/28/2020

Morris Center For Lowcountry Heritage

Join us tomorrow at 5:00pm for the Live Watch Party of Virtually Speaking: Conversation with the Artists from Ecos. We will be hearing from Sammy Lopez and Diana Farfán. #ecos #latinoart

youtube.com 09/21/2020

Latinx Cadets. Daniel Escobar

In 2016, cadets Thomas Spera and Avery Walton came to the Charleston Oral History Program to complete their Internship in Hispanic Language and Culture and developed a project to learn more about the experiences of the Citadel Latino Cadets. In this segment, one of the interviewees, cadet Daniel Escobar, talks about his family background and why he is proud of his heritage.

youtube.com In 2016, cadets Thomas Spera and Avery Walton came to the Charleston Oral History Program to complete their Internship in Hispanic Language and Culture and d...

09/16/2020

A big thanks to El Informador Newspaper for highlighting our work documenting the Latinx communities in the Lowcountry.

🗞📲 https://www.elinformador.us/digital-edition/

Haz un clic 👆para leer la edición más reciente de El Informador! Estamos muy orgullosos de esta edición especial que marca el inicio de el Mes de Herencia Hispana con una obra de arte original en nuestra portada. La artista es una Venezolana que reside en Carolina del Sur. En ésta edición les compartimos información histórica del Charleston Oral History Program at the Citadel (Universidad The Citadel), la cual muestra la historia de los Latinos en Charleston. Busca una copia impresa y apoya tu tienda latina favorita! #ContigoSiempre

🗣Entérate de los detalles de cómo y cuándo llegaron los Hispanos a Charleston y sus alrededores - p.13
🗣Fechas importantes para votar - p.6
🗣Grupos civiles piden justicia en demanda por restricciones a DACA - p.16
🗣 Suas Noticias - Sección en Portugués p.14-15

youtube.com 09/16/2020

Latinx Cadets. Avery Walton & Thomas Spera

Hispanic Heritage Month
In 2016, cadets Thomas Spera and Avery Walton came to the Charleston Oral History Program to complete their Internship in Hispanic Language and Culture and developed a project to learn more about the experiences of the Citadel Latino Cadets. Listen to them discussing the complexities of their Latinx identities.

youtube.com In 2016, cadets Thomas Spera and Avery Walton came to the Charleston Oral History Program to complete their Internship in Hispanic Language and Culture and d...

oralhistory.org 09/14/2020

2020 Annual Meeting Registration is Now Open

Registration for #OHA2020 Virtual Conference.
Check it out! https://oralhistory.org/2020/09/02/2020-annual-meeting-registration-is-now-open/

oralhistory.org Online registration is now available for the 2020 Annual Meeting. You will need to use your Memberclicks account in order to register. If you don’t have an account, you will need to create one. ***Please make sure to select a type of registrati [...]

09/05/2020

Morris Center is open to the public, free of charge.
For more info visit https://www.morrisheritagecenter.org/

09/01/2020

We are delighted to share with you the recently published digital timeline: "A Chronology of Latinx History in Charleston.” https://ldhi.library.cofc.edu/exhibits/show/las-voces/introduction-2/a-chronology-of-latinx-histori
Published through the Lowcountry Digital Library at the College of Charleston, the chronology continues the Charleston Oral History Program at The Citadel’s work to document local Latinx history and culture. "Las Voces," published in 2017, is a digital history exhibit that draws from forty interviews with various Charleston’s Latinx community members, and “Aquí Estamos,” https://lcdl.library.cofc.edu/content/aqui-estamos-here-we-are-digital-collection/
is a National Endowment for the Humanities-sponsored effort to establish the first Latinx-related archival collections in the region.
The chronology spotlights the deep roots and experiences of Charleston’s Latinx communities. These are some highlights:
• The chronology helps to situate immigrant labor at the center of modern Charleston history, noting that Latinx immigrants have generated great wealth for agribusiness and helped construct the region’s modern infrastructure.

• It shows a dynamic Latinx presence moving through the area and developing relationships with established local communities since the fifties. As soon as immigrants arrived in significant numbers and there were efforts to assert their rights as human beings, African American civil rights activists and members of white faith groups provided critical support to them.

• Highlights the efforts of a variety of groups to celebrate Latinx cultures since the seventies.

• Indicates the response of business and public services to target the growing Latinx community at the beginning of the 21 Century.

• Hints at the emergence of immigrant rights organizations and efforts to gain political representation.

We hope that the timeline will be a useful tool for scholars, activists, educators, and policymakers that will prompt more questions, research, and action.

Finally, we would love to hear from you. Let us know what you think about the chronology and share with us your memories of Lowcountry Latinx history.

09/01/2020

Tenemos el agrado de compartir con ustedes "Una cronología de la historia Latina en Charleston". https://ldhi.library.cofc.edu/exhibits/show/las-voces/las-voces-spanish/una-cronologia-de-la-historia-
Publicada a través de la Biblioteca Digital del Lowcountry-College of Charleston, la cronología representa un nuevo paso en el trabajo del programa de historia oral para documentar la historia y la cultura latinx en la región. Se suma a "Las Voces", una exhibición de historia digital que se basa en cuarenta entrevistas con residentes Latinx de Charleston y a “Aquí Estamos” https://lcdl.library.cofc.edu/content/aqui-estamos-here-we-are-digital-collection/
es un esfuerzo patrocinado por el National Endowment for the Humanities para establecer las primeras colecciones de archivos relacionados con las comunidades Latinx en la región.
La cronología evidencia las hondas raíces de las experiencias de las comunidades latinx de Charleston. Algunos aspectos a destacar son:

• Ayuda a situar la mano de obra inmigrante en el centro de la historia moderna de Charleston, señalando que los inmigrantes latinx han generado una gran riqueza para los agronegocios y también han ayudado a construir la infraestructura moderna de la región.

• Muestra una dinámica presencia latina moviéndose en la región y cultivando relaciones con las comunidades locales desde los años cincuenta. Tan pronto como llegaron inmigrantes en cantidades significativas y comenzaron los esfuerzos para hacer valer sus derechos y afirmar su humanidad, los activistas de derechos civiles afroamericanos y miembros de grupos religiosos mayormente blancos les brindaron un apoyo fundamental.

• Destaca los esfuerzos de una variedad de grupos para celebrar las culturas latinx desde los años setenta.

• Indica la proliferación de negocios y servicios públicos que emergieron con la creciente comunidad latinx a principios del siglo XXI.

• Provee indicios del surgimiento de organizaciones que luchan por los derechos de los inmigrantes como así también los esfuerzos para ganar representación política.

Esperamos que esta cronologia sea una herramienta útil para académicos, activistas, educadores y representantes públicos y que ayude a generar más preguntas, investigación y acción.

Finalmente, nos encantaría saber de ustedes: lo que piensan de esta cronología y también las memorias que les trae de estos y otros eventos de la historia de los latinos en el Lowcountry. Esperamos sus comentarios!

gibbesmuseum.org 08/25/2020

For Which it Stands: A Virtual Town Hall | Gibbes Museum Programs & Lectures

Remdinder--Please Join us Saturday.

‘For Which It Stands’

What: The Gibbes Museum will present “For Which It Stands: A Virtual Town Hall Series,” which features conversations with local artists and stakeholders on the American experience and the makings of a community. This first in this series is “Ecos: Arte Urgente,” the Charleston Oral History Program at The Citadel’s multimedia exhibit spotlighting the experiences of Latinx immigrants in the Lowcountry. Register in advance.

When: Noon. Aug. 29

Price: Free

More Info: 843-722-2706, bit.ly/2Eidghk

gibbesmuseum.org What defines the American experience? What makes a community? Inspired by the exhibition Building a Legacy: The Vibrant Vision Collection of Jonathan Green and Richard Weedman, this three part series invites participants to a town hall-style Zoom with local artists and community stakeholders where w...

08/17/2020

Mark your calendar friends!
Ecos, Arte Urgente is traveling to the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage in Ridgeland, SC. It will be in view from September 5, 2020 to January 2, 2021. Visit the Morris Center page and website to learn more about the exciting public programs that will accompany the exhibit.

We are less than a month away from the opening of Ecos: Resonances of South Carolina Latino Stories. In celebration of the exhibition, we have some dynamic programs in September.
9/1: Virtually Speaking: Magical Realism & Crossing Borders
9/15: Virtually Speaking: Conversation with Artists from Ecos
9/22: Virtually Speaking: Screening of Book Club Discussion
9/29: Virtually Speaking: Conversation with the Artists from Ecos
Learn more about Ecos at https://www.morrisheritagecenter.org/upcoming-exhibits/

oralhistory.org 03/30/2020

Webinar: Oral History at a Distance: Conducting Remote Interviews

At home and considering conducting remote oral history interviews? You should check out this free web seminar that will discuss the pros/cons and remote interviewing best practices. The webinar is sponsored by the Oral History Association and Baylor’s Institute for Oral History. Tuesday, March 31 at 2 PM
https://www.oralhistory.org/2020/03/26/webinar-oral-history-at-a-distance-conducting-remote-interviews/

oralhistory.org Sponsored by Baylor University’s Institute for Oral History and the Oral History Association Tuesday, March 31, 1pm to 3pm CDT Followed by an extended Q&A session This webinar is free for the public, and requires no pre-registration. A [...]

03/16/2020

Charleston Oral History Program at the Citadel's cover photo

Otro Sur at ECOS 03/13/2020

Celebrating "Carnaval" at Ecos: Arte Urgente. Thanks to Otro Sur from the College of Charleston and all those who came out for a tremendous evening of music, art and conversation.

Celebrating "Carnaval" at Ecos: Arte Urgente. Thanks to Otro Sur from the College of Charleston and all those who came out for a tremendous evening of music, art and conversation.

02/28/2020

The building opens in a few minutes. Come to see us. Bring a friend!

Ecos: Arte Urgente. Opening Night 02/28/2020

Here are a few photos of the opening reception of ECOS: Arte Urgente and SEISA 2020. Thanks you all for coming. The exhibit will be in view at the Cannon Street Art Center until Saturday March 21. Encourage a friend to visit it!

Here are a few photos of the opening reception of ECOS: Arte Urgente and SEISA 2020. Thanks you all for coming. The exhibit will be in view at the Cannon Street Art Center until Saturday March 21. Encourage a friend to visit it!

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Michael Veeck interview
Gerald Mishoe interview excerpt
Virginia Bonnettte Interview
Gladys Pinckney Interview
Lugo Interview
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The Rev. Thulie Beresford spoke with Citadel Cadets last year about her work as a Lutheran minister and her upbringing i...
Charleston musician Lindsay Holler discusses her first band in this interview with the Citadel Oral History Program. Tha...
Clarissa Lugo Oral History Interview
Former South Carolina governor and U.S. Senator Ernest F. Hollings sat for this interview on September 18, 2008. The ful...
Citadel Oral History Program interview excerpt

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