Interview with John B. Summers, April 10, 1984

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

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John B. Summers (b. 1888) was born in Columbus, Ohio. The son of an AME Church minister in Columbus, Summers was raised by a prominent family in Ohio, before moving to Philadelphia in 1918 after being rejected for the draft. Summers was able to find work at Hog Island Shipyard thanks to family connetions, which started his long career in politics and working with the labor organization movement. Summers would become one of the leading figures of politics in the African American community, although he mostly worked behind the scenes, and played a key role in their switch from Republican to Democrat.

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2014oh185_gn037

Interviewee Name

John B. Summers

Interviewer Name

Charles Hardy, III

Interview Date

1984-04-10

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Summers, John B. Interview by Charles Hardy, III. 10 Apr. 1984. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Summers, J.B. (1984, April 10). 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. April 10, 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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