Grace Miller Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Miller, Grace H., American, born 1932
Interviewed by
Griffin, Willie James Ph. D., American, born 1974
Subject of
Sherrod, Shirley Miller, American, born 1948
Miller, Hosie Sr., American, 1925 - 1965
Medium
digital
Dimensions
Duration: 00:53:33
Type
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected
Albany, Dougherty County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Baker County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Date
March 9, 2013
Description
The oral history consists of five digital files: 2011.174.67.1a, 2011.174.67.1b, 2011.174.67.1c, 2011.174.67.1d, and 2011.174.67.1e.
Grace Hall Miller (mother of activist Shirley Sherrod) describes her childhood in Baker County, Georgia, her education in segregated schools, her marriage to Hosie Miller, Sr., and their early involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. Grace Hall Miller's commitment to the Baker County Movement grew following the murder of her husband by a white neighbor in 1965. She describes how her house became headquarters for the local movement and how the community rallied to support her and her children. Miller's children were among the black students who integrated white schools, and because of their experience, she dedicated much of her life to improving education.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0067
Topic
African American
Activism
American South
Children
Civil rights
Education
Families
Segregation
Social reform
United States--History--1961-1969
Violence
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
2011.174.67.1a-e
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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