Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Oral History Interview

Created by
National Museum of African American History and Culture, American, founded 2003
Recorded by
Patrick Telepictures, Inc., American
Interview of
Maj. Gen. Bolden, Charles F. Jr., American, born 1946
Interviewed by
Nichols, Elaine, American
Subject of
United States Naval Academy, American, founded 1845
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, American, founded 1958
President Barack Obama, American, born 1961
July 20, 2016
Duration (2016.129.1.1a): 67.1 minutes
Duration (2016.129.1.2a): 65.8 minutes
The oral history consists of 2016.129.1.1a and 2016.129.1.2a: two versions (unedited, and edited) of a single digital video recording.
101.27344 GB
Major General Charles F. Bolden was interviewed as part of the NMAAHC Donor Oral History Collection. General Bolden donated some of his personal belongings, including uniforms, supplies, and photographs, to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
In this oral history interview, General Charles Bolden describes his childhood in Columbia, SC, where he grew up in an environment that was educationally and culturally stimulating, despite the strict legal segregation that existed. He discusses his early interest in science and how he became determined to attend the Naval Academy while still a teen. He describes how he overcame many obstacles that were the result of racial discrimination to achieve his dreams and eventually become a Major General, astronaut, and the Administrator of NASA (appointed by President Barack Obama).
Place collected
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Collection title
The Collection Donor Oral History Project
Media Arts-Film and Video
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Race discrimination
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
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