Ruby Nell Sales Oral History Interview

Digital video

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Nell Sales, Ruby, American, born 1948
Interviewed by
Mosnier, Joseph Ph. D.
Subject of
Tuskegee Institute, American, founded 1881
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, American, 1960 - 1970s
Daniels, Jonathan Myrick
Medium
digital
Dimensions
Duration: 01:32:09
Type
video recordings
oral histories
Place collected
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Hayneville, Lowndes County, Alabama, United States, North and Central America
Date
April 25, 2011
Description
The oral history consists of ten digital files: 2011.174.7.1a, 2011.174.7.1b, 2011.174.7.1c, 2011.174.7.1d, 2011.174.7.1e, 2011.174.7.1f, 2011.174.7.1g, 2011.174.7.1h, 2011.174.7.1i, and 2011.174.7.1j.
Ruby Sales discusses her father's military career, growing up in Columbus, Georgia, and attending the Tuskegee Institute. Her father was a Baptist minister and grew up in a racist and segregated society. Her grandmother was either born into slavery or right after it, and learned to read and write. She recalls joining the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Selma to Montgomery March, registering voters in Lowndes County, Alabama, and her arrest in Hayneville, Alabama. She remembers the murder of Jonathan Daniels, a seminary student who saved her life, and discusses her opinions on African American history and the current rate of African Americans in prison.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0007
Topic
African American
Activism
American South
Associations and institutions
Civil Rights
Justice
Military
Politics (Practical)
Prisons
Religion
Segregation
Slavery
Social reform
Suffrage
Tuskegee Airmen
United States--History--1961-1969
Credit Line
Collection of Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in partnership with the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Object number
2011.174.7.1a-j
Rights
© Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
See more items in
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
Civil Rights History Project
Classification
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture