William Saunders Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Saunders, William, American, born 1935
Interviewed by
Taylor, Kieran Walsh
Subject of
Jenkins, Esau, American, 1910 - 1972
Highlander Folk School, American
Charleston Hospital Workers Movement
Medium
digital
Dimensions
Duration: 01:23:43
Type
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected
Charleston, Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Johns Island, Charleston+County"&edan_local=1&op=Search">Charleston County, South Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Date
June 9, 2011
Description
The oral history consists of four digital files: 2011.174.27.1a, 2011.174.27.1b, 2011.174.27.1c, and 2011.174.27.1d.
William Saunders remembers his childhood on Johns Island, South Carolina, and working with Esau Jenkins, a local civil rights leader. He recalls serving in the army during the Korean War, attending the Highlander Folk School, and working at a mattress factory. He also discusses founding the Lowcountry Newsletter, helping the workers in the Charleston Hospital Strike of 1969, and running unsuccessfully for the state senate.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0027
Topic
African American
Activism
American South
Civil rights
Education
Korean War, 1950-1953
Labor
Mass media
Politics (Practical)
Social reform
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
2011.174.27.1a-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

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