Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Mulholland, Joan Trumpauer, American, born 1941
Interviewed by
Dittmer, John Ph. D., American, born 1939
Subject of
Duke University, American, founded 1838
Howard University Nonviolent Action Group, American, founded 1960s
Freedom Riders, American, founded 1961
Mississippi State Penitentiary, American, founded 1901
Tougaloo College, American, founded 1869
Duration: 02:06:04
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Collection title
Civil Rights History Project
Media Arts-Film and Video
Place collected
Arlington, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Mississippi, United States, North and Central America
March 17, 2013
The oral history consists of eight digital files: 2011.174.79.1a, 2011.174.79.1b, 2011.174.79.1c, 2011.174.79.1d, 2011.174.79.1e, 2011.174.79.1f, 2011.174.79.1g, and 2011.174.79.1h.
Joan Trumpauer Mulholland shares how, as a child in Arlington, Virginia, her awareness of racial disparities grew. As a student at Duke University, she began participating in the sit-in movement. She soon moved to Washington, D.C. and joined the Nonviolent Action Group (NAG), which led her to participate in the Freedom Rides of 1961. She describes in detail serving time at Mississippi State Penitentiary (Parchman Farm) with other civil rights activists. Mulholland also discusses attending Tougaloo College and her involvement in the Jackson sit-in movement.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0079
American South
Associations and institutions
Civil rights
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)
Race relations
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
Restrictions & Rights
© Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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