Cecil J. Williams Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Williams, Cecil J., American, born 1937
Interviewed by
Mosnier, Joseph Ph. D.
Subject of
President Kennedy, John F., American, 1917 - 1963
Marshall, Thurgood, American, 1908 - 1993
Briggs, Harry Jr., American, 1941 - 2016
Elliott, R. M., American
Duration: 01:56:47
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Collection title
Civil Rights History Project
Media Arts-Film and Video
Place collected
Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States, North and Central America
June 9, 2011
The oral history consists of five digital files: 2011.174.26.1a, 2011.174.26.1b, 2011.174.26.1c, 2011.174.26.1d, and 2011.174.26.1e.
Cecil J. Williams remembers his childhood in Orangeburg, South Carolina, and starting his career as a photographer for several African American publications in his teens. He remembers photographing President Kennedy, Thurgood Marshall, and other civil rights leaders. He also discusses the Briggs v. Elliot school desegregation case, and his photographs of the Orangeburg Massacre.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0026
American South
Civil rights
United States--History--1945-1953
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
Restrictions & Rights
© Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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