Interview with John B. Summers, May 8, 1985

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

Interview Summary

Born in 1888 in Columbus, OH, Summers moved to Philadelphia in 1918 to serve as one of three colored inspectors at Hog Island shipyard. He was a reporter for black newspapers during the 1920's. He was politically active, serving as state secretary for Al Smith's presidential campaign in 1928, and running for state legislature in 1934. Beginning in the 1930's, he became a union organizer for the CIO. He helped organize the Coatesville Steel Works in 1937.

Interview Accession

2014oh186_gn038

Interviewee Name

John B. Summers

Interviewer Name

Charles Hardy, III

Interview Date

1985-05-08

Interview LC Subject

Newspapers.

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Summers, John B. Interview by Charles Hardy, III. 08 May. 1985. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Summers, J.B. (1985, May 08). 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.

Summers, John B., interview by Charles Hardy, III. May 08, 1985, 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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