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)
 Accession Number
 Date
 Interviewer
 Access
 Restrictions
Clifford Adams  
2014oh149_gn001  
1982-05-25
Charles Hardy

No restrictions
Willa Allen  
2014oh150_gn002  
August 1984
Donna DeVore

No restrictions
David E. Amey  
2014oh151_gn003  
1984-09-12
Charles Hardy

No restrictions
Marion O. Ballard  
2014oh152_gn004  
1984-05-04
Charles Hardy

No restrictions
Crosby Brittenum  
McKinly Gaither  
David Quillen  
2014oh153_gn005  
1984-03-15
Charles Hardy

No restrictions
Crosby Brittenum  
2014oh154_gn006  
1984-03-20
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
Edgar Campbell  
2014oh155_gn007  
1983-07-11
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
Edgar Campbell  
2014oh156_gn008  
1984-09-26
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
Hughsey Childs  
2014oh157_gn009  
1984-10-23
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
Beulah Collins  
2014oh158_gn010  
1983-08-01
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
Beulah Collins  
2014oh159_gn011  
1984-09-19
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
Arthur Clifford Dingle  
2014oh160_gn012  
1979-06-06
Charles Hardy

No restrictions
Arthur Clifford Dingle  
2014oh161_gn013  
1983-07-11
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
Charles A. Ealy  
2014oh162_gn014  
1985-05-10
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
William Fields  
2014oh163_gn015  
1984-03-23
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
William Fields  
2014oh164_gn016  
1984-11-11
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
Benjamin Francis  
2014oh165_gn017  
1984-04-27
Charles Hardy

No restrictions
Walter Gay  
2014oh166_gn018  
1984-05-22
Charles Hardy

No restrictions
Walter Gay  
2014oh167_gn019  
1984-04-25
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
Ruth W. Hayre  
2014oh168_gn020  
1984-06-07
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
Fletcher Hillian  
Utensie Hillian  
2014oh169_gn021  
1984-06-04
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
Nellie Holland  
2014oh170_gn022  
1987-02-19
Charles Hardy

No restrictions
Fannie Hutchinson  
2014oh171_gn023  
1984-06-25
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
Ralph Jones  
2014oh172_gn024  
1984-02-14
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
Ella Lee  
2014oh173_gn025  
1984-06-15
Diane Turner
Online
No restrictions
Milo Manly  
2014oh174_gn026  
1984-09-11
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
Isadore Maximilian Martin, Jr.  
2014oh175_gn027  
1984-08-30
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
Isadore Maximilian Martin, Jr.  
2014oh176_gn028  
1987-02-24
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
Lillie McKnight  
2014oh177_gn029  
1983-08-02
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
Russell F. Minton  
2014oh178_gn030  
1987-02-18
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
Oscar Peterson  
2014oh179_gn031  
1984-08-03
Charles Hardy

No restrictions
James E. Plunkett  
Joseph Whitehead  
2014oh180_gn032  
1983-07-07
Charles Hardy

No restrictions
James E. Plunkett  
2014oh181_gn033  
1983-08-04
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
James E. Plunkett  
2014oh182_gn034  
1984-11-03
Charles Hardy

No restrictions
Louise Smith  
2014oh183_gn035  
1984-09-24
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
John B. Summers  
2014oh184_gn036  
1984-02-15
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
John B. Summers  
2014oh185_gn037  
1984-04-10
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
John B. Summers  
2014oh186_gn038  
1985-05-08
Charles Hardy

No restrictions
Charles Vance  
2014oh187_gn039  
1984-03-04
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
William S. Steffens  
2014oh188_gn040  
1984-04-23
Donna DeVore
Online
No restrictions
William S. Steffens  
2014oh189_gn041  
1984-05-24
Donna DeVore
Online
No restrictions
Minnie S. Whitney  
2014oh190_gn042  
1984-03-06
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
Minnie S. Whitney  
2014oh191_gn043  
1984-03-20
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
Bessie Yancey  
2014oh192_gn044  
1984-03-13
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
Hattie Nedwood Alexander  
Amie Vaughan Dowdy  
Arrow Gibson Hunter  
Annabelle Everett White  
2014oh193_gn045  
1983-09-28
Charles Hardy

No restrictions
Charles Bordley  
Violet Bordley  
2014oh194_gn046  
1983-07-23
Charles Hardy

No restrictions
Smart Boyd  
2014oh195_gn047  
1984-03-02
Charles Hardy

No restrictions
Martha Allison  
2014oh196_gn048  
1983-07-22
Charles Hardy

No restrictions
Idelle Truitt Elsey  
2014oh197_gn049  
1984-06-29
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
Clara Freeman  
2014oh198_gn050  
1984-07-27
Charles Hardy

No restrictions
Ernest Grey  
2014oh199_gn051  
1984-07-12
Donna DeVore
Online
No restrictions
Leon Grimes  
2014oh200_gn052  
1983-07-21
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
Patrick Henry Hughes, Jr.  
2014oh201_gn053  
1984-08-10

No restrictions
Idella G. Irons  
2014oh202_gn054  
1984-07-09
Jacquie Carlisle

No restrictions
Jules Jackson  
2014oh203_gn055  
1983-07-29
Charles Hardy

No restrictions
John (Jack) Jones  
2014oh204_gn056  
1982-06-01
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
George Macon Madison  
2014oh205_gn057  
1984-06-23
Jacquie Carlisle
Online
No restrictions
Joseph A. Marshall  
2014oh206_gn058  
1986-05-22
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
Marie Mathis  
2014oh207_gn059  
1984-06-04
Harriet Garrett
Online
No restrictions
William (Richard) Robinson  
2014oh208_gn060  
1983-07-25
Charles Hardy

No restrictions
Marie S. Smith  
2014oh209_gn061  
1987-02-16
Charles Hardy

No restrictions
Beatrice Webster  
2014oh210_gn062  
1984-04-10
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
Harry L. (Harvey) Wilson  
Emma Wilson  
2014oh211_gn063  
1981-11-12
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
Kathryn F. (Kitty) Woodard  
2014oh212_gn064  
1984-03-26
Charles Hardy
Online
No restrictions
Bernice Huntley  
2014oh213_gn065  
1983-07-13
Charles Hardy

No restrictions
Willie Lassiter  
2014oh214_gn066  
1984-03-04
Charles Hardy

No restrictions
Voight Jones  
Mrs. Voight Jones  
2014oh215_gn067  
1984-06-01
Charles Hardy

No restrictions
Lucille Shepard  
2014oh216_gn068  
1984-05-17
Charles Hardy

No restrictions
Josephine Jones  
2014oh217_gn069  
1987-03-02
Charles Hardy

No restrictions
Minnie Walker  
2014oh218_gn070  
1982-07-27
Charles Hardy

No restrictions
Daniel Quillen  
2014oh219_gn071  
1984-03-20
Charles Hardy

No restrictions

  

  

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