The Honorable Matthew J. Perry, Jr. Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Honorable Perry, Matthew J. Jr., American, 1921 - 2011
Interviewed by
Mosnier, Joseph Ph. D.
Subject of
South Carolina State University, American, founded 1896
NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc., American, founded 1940
Medium
digital
Dimensions
Duration: 00:55:52
Type
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected
Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Date
June 7, 2011
Description
The oral history consists of three digital files: 2011.174.24.1a, 2011.174.24.1b, and 2011.174.24.1c.
The Hon. Matthew J. Perry, Jr. [August 3, 1921-July 29, 2011] (At the time of the interview, he was still hearing cases for the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, after taking senior status in 1995.) recalls serving in the military during World War II, and experiencing discrimination during the war. He remembers watching a trial that inspired him to go to the newly formed law school at South Carolina State College. He discusses his start as a trial lawyer in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the famous civil rights cases he argued, joining the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and his admiration for the African American lawyers who mentored him.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0024
Topic
African American
American South
Associations and institutions
Civil rights
Education
Law
Military
Race discrimination
Social reform
World War II
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
2011.174.24.1abc
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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