Ypsilanti, Michigan, Library Launches African American Oral History Archive

YDL_African American Oral History Archive40 years ago, Historian and EMU Professor A.P. Marshall interviewed dozens of leaders in Ypsilanti’s African American community, seeking to preserve the stories and struggles of a generation who lived through the Great Depression, WWII, and the Civil Rights movement. As of today, the first one of these interviews is finally available online. More of the interviews will be added within the next few months.

The Ypsilanti District Library (YDL), in partnership with the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County (AACHM) and local historians Matt Siegfried and Laura Bien, will spend the next nine months digitizing a priceless collection of oral histories and making them available online at history.ypsilibrary.org.

You can read more in an announcement in the Ypsilanti District Library web site at http://goo.gl/08hv7n.

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