Interview with Edgar Campbell, September 26, 1984

Project: Goin' North: Tales of the Great Migration Oral History Project

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Edgar Campbell (1902-1987) was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. In 1917, he and his parents joined the Great Migration north, settling first in Baltimore, and soon afterwards in Philadelphia. There, Campbell became active in city politics by passing examinations for public service in 1922 and working his way into the lower echelons of the Republican Party. He came of age in a time where political patronage was essential in the machinery of Philadelphia politics. It was this patronage that drove him into the arms of the Democratic Party in 1926, an act that anticipated their eventual rise to power in Philadelphia in 1936. He continued to serve in Philadelphia?s political circles, where he won election to the City Council in 1967 and in 1975 as Clerk of Quarter Sessions Court. At the age of 80, Campbell in 1982, became the first African-American Chairman of Philadelphia's Democratic City Committee.

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2014oh156_gn008

Interviewee Name

Edgar Campbell

Interviewer Name

Charles Hardy, III

Interview Date

1984-09-26

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Campbell, Edgar Interview by Charles Hardy, III. 26 Sep. 1984. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Campbell, E. (1984, September 26). Interview by C. H. III. Goin' North: Tales of the Great Migration Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Campbell, Edgar, interview by Charles Hardy, III. September 26, 1984, Goin' North: Tales of the Great Migration Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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