Gwendolyn M. Patton Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Patton, Gwendolyn M., American, born 1943
Interviewed by
Mosnier, Joseph Ph. D.
Subject of
Tuskegee Institute, American, founded 1881
Freedom Riders, American, founded 1961
Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, American, founded 1877
Medium
digital
Dimensions
Duration: 01:51:26
Type
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected
Montgomery, Alabama, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Selma, Dallas County, Alabama, United States, North and Central America
Lowndes County, Alabama, United States, North and Central America
Date
June 1, 2011
Description
The oral history consists of eight digital files: 2011.174.20.1a, 2011.174.20.1b, 2011.174.20.1c, 2011.174.20.1d, 2011.174.20.1e, 2011.174.20.1f, 2011.174.20.1g, and 2011.174.20.1h.
Gwendolyn Patton discusses attending the Tuskegee Institute, where she became involved in many civil rights organizations and was elected student body president. She recalls hosting the Freedom Riders in 1961, and spending a year in a segregated sanitarium when she had tuberculosis. She recounts organizing Tuskegee students for the Selma to Montgomery March, occupying the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, and registering voters in Lowndes County.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0020
Topic
African American
Activism
American South
Associations and institutions
Civil rights
Medicine
Politics (Practical)
Social reform
Suffrage
United States--History--1961-1969
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
2011.174.20.1a-h
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

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