Charles David Kleymeyer Oral History Interview

Created by
National Museum of African American History and Culture, American, founded 2003
Recorded by
Patrick Telepictures, Inc., American
Interview of
Dr. Kleymeyer, Charles David, American, born 1944
Interviewed by
Navies, Kelly Elaine, American
Subject of
Juan García Salazar, Ecuadorian, 1944 - 2017
Inter-American Foundation, American, founded 1969
December 7, 2016
Duration (2016.129.18.1b): 85.1 minutes
Duration (2016.129.18.2a): 85.1 minutes
The oral history consists of 2016.129.18.1a and 2016.129.18.2a: two versions (unedited, and edited) of a single digital video recording.
128.98321 GB
Dr. Charles D. Kleymeyer was interviewed as part of the NMAAHC Donor Oral History Collection. Dr. Kleymeyer is a close friend and research partner of Juan Garcia. Juan Garcia Salazar, an Afro-Ecuadorean, donated the very first item to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a carved stool of clear tropical hardwood etched with a spider web motif, symbolizing West African folklore character, Anansi the Spider. This item is featured in our Cultural Expression Gallery. Dr. Kleymeyer, who lives in the DC Metropolitan area, has often acted as interpreter for Garcia Salazar and was present when the stool was delivered to NMAAHC Director Lonnie Bunch.
In this oral history interview Dr. Charles D. Kleymeyer discusses his life and work at length, including his memories of growing up near the African American community of Lyles Station in Indiana and the extensive work he did for many years with African and Indigenous peoples in Ecuador while working for the Inter-American Foundation (IAF). It was his work with the IAF that brought him into contact with Juan Garcia Salazar and he discusses their relationship in detail.
Place collected
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Indiana, United States, North and Central America
Ecuador, Latin America, South America
Collection title
The Collection Donor Oral History Project
Media Arts-Film and Video
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
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