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

Description: 
Goin' North documents the First Great Migration of southern Blacks to northern cities unleashed by the First World War, including their lives in the South and reasons for moving north, rumors and expectations about life in the North, first impressions of the city, employment experiences in industrial occupations and service work, housing and homeownership, inter- and intra-race relations, political exclusion and then empowerment as part of Democratic coalition of the 1930s, Black nightlife and the city’s commercial vice economy between the 1910s and 1930s, and personal life reflections on the move north and its impact in their lives. The interviews were conducted between 1979 and 1986 with Southern Blacks who had migrated to Philadelphia and Black Philadelphians who witnessed their arrival and impact upon the city. The interviews were conducted for “Goin’ North: Tales of the Great Migration,” a 5-part public radio documentary series first broadcast on WHYY-FM in 1984, then distributed nationally in 1994. In 2015, they were archived in the Nunn Center by the Philadelphia History Museum and Professor Charles Hardy III of West Chester University. Interview excerpts have been featured in museum exhibits, books, and documentaries, including the National Museum of American History’s “Field to Factory: Afro-American Migration, 1915-1940” exhibit (1986), the Race with History radio documentary series (2004), and “The City of Opportunity: A Walking Tour of Black Philadelphia in the Roaring Twenties,” (2017). Full transcripts, indexes, and audio of forty-one of the interviews along with biographical sketches of narrators can be found on the Goin’ North: Stories from the First Great Migration to Philadelphia, website, which launched in 2014.

Project Accession: 
GN001
Interview Keywords: 
Themes: 
Diversity  

Restriction: 
No Restrictions
Number of Interviews: 
71

 
 Interviewee(s)  Interview Date  Accession Number  Interviewer  Restrictions  Access
Clifford Adams
1982-05-252014oh149_gn001Charles Hardy
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Willa Allen
August 19842014oh150_gn002Donna DeVore
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David E. Amey
1984-09-122014oh151_gn003Charles Hardy
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Marion O. Ballard
1984-05-042014oh152_gn004Charles Hardy
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Crosby Brittenum
McKinly Gaither
David Quillen
1984-03-152014oh153_gn005Charles Hardy
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Crosby Brittenum
1984-03-202014oh154_gn006Charles Hardy
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Edgar Campbell
1983-07-112014oh155_gn007Charles Hardy
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Edgar Campbell
1984-09-262014oh156_gn008Charles Hardy
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Hughsey Childs
1984-10-232014oh157_gn009Charles Hardy
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Beulah Collins
1983-08-012014oh158_gn010Charles Hardy
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Beulah Collins
1984-09-192014oh159_gn011Charles Hardy
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Arthur Clifford Dingle
1979-06-062014oh160_gn012Charles Hardy
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Arthur Clifford Dingle
1983-07-112014oh161_gn013Charles Hardy
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Charles A. Ealy
1985-05-102014oh162_gn014Charles Hardy
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William Fields
1984-03-232014oh163_gn015Charles Hardy
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William Fields
1984-11-112014oh164_gn016Charles Hardy
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Benjamin Francis
1984-04-272014oh165_gn017Charles Hardy
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Walter Gay
1984-05-222014oh166_gn018Charles Hardy
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Walter Gay
1984-04-252014oh167_gn019Charles Hardy
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Ruth W. Hayre
1984-06-072014oh168_gn020Charles Hardy
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Fletcher Hillian
Utensie Hillian
1984-06-042014oh169_gn021Charles Hardy
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Nellie Holland
1987-02-192014oh170_gn022Charles Hardy
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Fannie Hutchinson
1984-06-252014oh171_gn023Charles Hardy
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Ralph Jones
1984-02-142014oh172_gn024Charles Hardy
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Ella Lee
1984-06-152014oh173_gn025Diane Turner
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Milo Manly
1984-09-112014oh174_gn026Charles Hardy
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Isadore Maximilian Martin, Jr.
1984-08-302014oh175_gn027Charles Hardy
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Isadore Maximilian Martin, Jr.
1987-02-242014oh176_gn028Charles Hardy
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Lillie McKnight
1983-08-022014oh177_gn029Charles Hardy
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Russell F. Minton
1987-02-182014oh178_gn030Charles Hardy
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Oscar Peterson
1984-08-032014oh179_gn031Charles Hardy
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James E. Plunkett
Joseph Whitehead
1983-07-072014oh180_gn032Charles Hardy
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James E. Plunkett
1983-08-042014oh181_gn033Charles Hardy
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James E. Plunkett
1984-11-032014oh182_gn034Charles Hardy
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Louise Smith
1984-09-242014oh183_gn035Charles Hardy
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John B. Summers
1984-02-152014oh184_gn036Charles Hardy
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John B. Summers
1984-04-102014oh185_gn037Charles Hardy
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John B. Summers
1985-05-082014oh186_gn038Charles Hardy
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Charles Vance
1984-03-042014oh187_gn039Charles Hardy
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William S. Steffens
1984-04-232014oh188_gn040Donna DeVore
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William S. Steffens
1984-05-242014oh189_gn041Donna DeVore
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Minnie S. Whitney
1984-03-062014oh190_gn042Charles Hardy
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Minnie S. Whitney
1984-03-202014oh191_gn043Charles Hardy
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Bessie Yancey
1984-03-132014oh192_gn044Charles Hardy
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Hattie Nedwood Alexander
Amie Vaughan Dowdy
Arrow Gibson Hunter
Annabelle Everett White
1983-09-282014oh193_gn045Charles Hardy
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Charles Bordley
Violet Bordley
1983-07-232014oh194_gn046Charles Hardy
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Smart Boyd
1984-03-022014oh195_gn047Charles Hardy
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Martha Allison
1983-07-222014oh196_gn048Charles Hardy
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Idelle Truitt Elsey
1984-06-292014oh197_gn049Charles Hardy
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Clara Freeman
1984-07-272014oh198_gn050Charles Hardy
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Ernest Grey
1984-07-122014oh199_gn051Donna DeVore
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Leon Grimes
1983-07-212014oh200_gn052Charles Hardy
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Patrick Henry Hughes, Jr.
1984-08-102014oh201_gn053 No restrictions
Idella G. Irons
1984-07-092014oh202_gn054Jacquie Carlisle
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Jules Jackson
1983-07-292014oh203_gn055Charles Hardy
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John (Jack) Jones
1982-06-012014oh204_gn056Charles Hardy
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George Macon Madison
1984-06-232014oh205_gn057Jacquie Carlisle
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Joseph A. Marshall
1986-05-222014oh206_gn058Charles Hardy
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Marie Mathis
1984-06-042014oh207_gn059Harriet Garrett
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William (Richard) Robinson
1983-07-252014oh208_gn060Charles Hardy
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Marie S. Smith
1987-02-162014oh209_gn061Charles Hardy
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Beatrice Webster
1984-04-102014oh210_gn062Charles Hardy
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Harry L. (Harvey) Wilson
Emma Wilson
1981-11-122014oh211_gn063Charles Hardy
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Kathryn F. (Kitty) Woodard
1984-03-262014oh212_gn064Charles Hardy
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Bernice Huntley
1983-07-132014oh213_gn065Charles Hardy
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Willie Lassiter
1984-03-042014oh214_gn066Charles Hardy
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Voight Jones
Mrs. Voight Jones
1984-06-012014oh215_gn067Charles Hardy
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Lucille Shepard
1984-05-172014oh216_gn068Charles Hardy
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Josephine Jones
1987-03-022014oh217_gn069Charles Hardy
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Minnie Walker
1982-07-272014oh218_gn070Charles Hardy
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Daniel Quillen
1984-03-202014oh219_gn071Charles Hardy
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