The oral history consists of eight digital files: 2011.174.79.1a, 2011.174.79.1b, 2011.174.79.1c, 2011.174.79.1d, 2011.174.79.1e, 2011.174.79.1f, 2011.174.79.1g, and 2011.174.79.1h.
Joan Trumpauer Mulholland shares how, as a child in Arlington, Virginia, her awareness of racial disparities grew. As a student at Duke University, she began participating in the sit-in movement. She soon moved to Washington, D.C. and joined the Nonviolent Action Group (NAG), which led her to participate in the Freedom Rides of 1961. She describes in detail serving time at Mississippi State Penitentiary (Parchman Farm) with other civil rights activists. Mulholland also discusses attending Tougaloo College and her involvement in the Jackson sit-in movement.
The oral history consists of 2016.129.2.1a and 2016.129.2.2a: two versions (unedited, and edited) of a single digital video recording.
Joan Mulholland was interviewed as part of the NMAAHC Donor Oral History Collection. Ms. Mulholland donated Civil Rights ephemera, such as pamphlets, buttons, and flyers from Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) events to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
In this oral history interview, Joan Mulholland discusses the items she donated from the Civil Rights Movement that reflect her life of activism, including her involvement in SNCC. She also discusses her choice to attend the HBCU Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi, as a white woman, and the response of her parents to her choices and political activities.
Unedited File: Unedited digital file of oral history interview. This file is necessary in case we need to refer to the original recording for any reason and/or want to use a portion of the file that has been edited out.
Edited File: Videographer has minimized or eliminated interruptions, false starts and any unnecessary sounds. An agreed upon slate has also been added with title, date, and logo. Separate files of the same interview have been concatenated. This is the copy that will be made available to the public and/or researchers and uploaded to the website.