William R. Lawrence Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Lawrence, William R., American, 1922 - 2014
Interviewed by
Cline, David P. Ph. D., American, born 1969
Subject of
Norfolk and Western Railway, American, 1838 - 1997
Medium
digital
Dimensions
Duration: 00:45:09
Type
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected
Roanoke, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Norfolk, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Date
August 16, 2013
Description
The oral history consists of four digital files: 2011.174.101.1a, 2011.174.101.1b, 2011.174.101.1c, and 2011.174.101.1d.
William Lawrence describes his long career with the Norfolk and Western Railway in Roanoke, Virginia. Lawrence was born in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1922 but grew up in Roanoke and worked for the railroad most of his adult life. He discusses conditions of labor, race relations at the workplace, and his experience working as a foreman.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0101
Topic
African American
American South
Civil rights
Labor
Race relations
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in partnership with the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Object number
2011.174.101.1a-d
Restrictions & Rights
© Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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Collection title
Civil Rights History Project
Classification
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture