John Jacob Oliver Oral History Interview

Created by
National Museum of African American History and Culture, American, founded 2003
Recorded by
Patrick Telepictures, Inc., American
Interview of
Oliver, John Jacob, American, born 1945
Interviewed by
Navies, Kelly Elaine, American
Subject of
The Afro-American, American, founded 1892
Fisk University, American, founded 1866
University of Maryland, Baltimore County, American, founded 1966
Columbia Law School, American, founded 1858
Date
February 14, 2017
Medium
digital
Dimensions
Duration (2016.129.19.1a): 108.2 minutes
Duration (2016.129.19.2a): 107.9 minutes
Description
The oral history consists of 2016.129.19.1a and 2016.129.19.2a: two versions (unedited, and edited) of a single digital video recording.
169.00092 GB
John Jacob Oliver was interviewed as part of the NMAAHC Donor Oral History Collection. Mr. Oliver worked for the AFRO-American newspaper, which donated a printing press to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
In this oral history interview John Jacob Oliver gives a narrative of what it was like to grow-up in the Murphy family, which has published the AFRO-American newspaper since 1892. He discusses his childhood in Baltimore, Maryland, where he personally integrated John E. Howard elementary school in the 6th grade. Oliver talks about his educational journey, which included a short stint at the University of Maryland, before deciding to transfer to the HBCU Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee and his later studies for a law degree from Columbia University. He recounts his work as a lawyer, before returning to the family business at the AFRO-American. His story includes his role in instituting modern technology at the AFRO.
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Place collected
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, United States, North and Central America
Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Collection title
The Collection Donor Oral History Project
Classification
Media Arts-Film and Video
Type
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Topic
Business
Communities
Education
Families
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)
Journalism
Law
Mass media
Museums
Segregation
Technology
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2016.129.19.1a-.2a
Restrictions & Rights
© Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd594ee3333-f1df-495d-bd7c-9bc68e19a9c8