Edward Theodore Taylor Oral History Interview

Created by
National Museum of African American History and Culture, American, founded 2003
Recorded by
Patrick Telepictures, Inc., American
Interview of
Taylor, Edward Theodore, American, born 1932
Interviewed by
Navies, Kelly Elaine, American
Subject of
United States Armed Forces, American, founded 1775
Medium
digital
Dimensions
Duration (2016.129.6.1a): 95.9 minutes
Duration (2016.129.6.2a): 92.9 minutes
Type
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected
Randallstown, Baltimore County, Maryland, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Wicomico County, Maryland, United States, North and Central America
Date
July 18, 2016
Description
The oral history consists of 2016.129.6.1a and 2016.129.6.2a: two versions (unedited, and edited) of a single digital video recording.
152.84613 GB
Edward Taylor was interviewed as part of the NMAAHC Donor Oral History Collection. Mr. Taylor donated a photograph of himself that was taken in Korea during the Korean War to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. He was 19 years old at the time the photograph was taken.
Edward Taylor vividly recounts his childhood in the segregated world of Maryland’s eastern shore, including a particularly tragic incident involving racial violence. He continues on to tell the story of his experience as a combat infantryman during the Korean War, after the US military had been recently integrated. This story includes the tale of how he earned two Purple Hearts. Later, after he returns to the United States, he recounts a racial incident that lead him to discard his Purple Hearts in the Chesapeake Bay. The last part of the interview is devoted to his role as a pioneering educator in the desegregation of the public schools in Wicomico County, Maryland.
Unedited File: Unedited digital file of oral history interview. This file is necessary in case we need to refer to the original recording for any reason and/or want to use a portion of the file that has been edited out.
Edited File: Videographer has minimized or eliminated interruptions, false starts and any unnecessary sounds. An agreed upon slate has also been added with title, date, and logo. Separate files of the same interview have been concatenated. This is the copy that will be made available to the public and/or researchers and uploaded to the website.
Topic
African American
Civil rights
Communities
Education
Korean War, 1950-1953
Military
Museums
Race discrimination
Segregation
United States--History--1953-1961
United States--History--1961-1969
Violence
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2016.129.6.1a-2a
Restrictions & Rights
© Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
See more items in
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
The Collection Donor Oral History Project
Classification
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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