Julia Matilda Burns Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Burns, Julia Matilda, American, born 1938
Interviewed by
Dittmer, John Ph. D., American, born 1939
Medium
digital
Dimensions
Duration: 00:54:32
Type
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected
Tchula, Holmes County, Mississippi, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Humphreys County, Mississippi, United States, North and Central America
Belzoni, Humphreys County, Mississippi, United States, North and Central America
Date
March 13, 2013
Description
The oral history consists of two digital files: 2011.174.73.1a and 2011.174.73.1b.
Julia Matilda Burns describes her experience in segregated schools in Humphreys County, Mississippi, where she grew up. After becoming a teacher at Marshall High School in Belzoni, Mississippi, she began to take notice of the Civil Rights Movement, but her involvement was limited because she did not want to lose her job. Burns describes protests by whites against school desegregation in Tchula, Mississippi, and her experiences as a teacher in Tchula. She also discusses her successful election for a position on the school board and the work she accomplished during her tenure.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0073
Topic
African American
Activism
American South
Civil rights
Education
Segregation
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
2011.174.73.1ab
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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