Springfield African-American History Foundation interviews

As of late 2015, the Springfield African-American History Foundation, in conjunction with the oral history efforts of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, had published interviews with 30 black residents of Springfield.

Those interviews can be found here.

Interviewees are:

Adams, Rosia: Retired home economics teacher; foster parent

Allen, Bettie: Government worker, mechanic, YWCA volunteer, world traveler

Carey, Velma: Parent and community volunteer; plaintiff in school desegregation lawsuit

Crisp, John: Jazz musician and artist

Cummings, Theresa Faith: Social services administrator and businesswoman

Curtis, Ted: Realtor, school board member, state government administrator

Davenport, Rudy: NAACP and Habitat for Humanity volunteer, plaintiff in civil rights suit

Finley, Jessie Mae: Musician, active church volunteer, state worker, interviewed at age 97

Goza, Marian: Medical employee, community volunteer, parent

Goza, Robert: State employee, community and NAACP volunteer

Hale, Georgia: Bank worker, church and community volunteer

Helm-Renfro, Beverly: Daughter of prolific Springfield photographer; secretary to Senator Barack Obama

Jackson, Ida: Social service worker, parent, plaintiff in Springfield school desegregation case

Jackson, Ruth: Parent, community volunteer

Jordan, Leroy: Elementary teacher, college administrator, school board member

Lockhart, Charles: Veteran, factory worker, first black uniformed police officer in Springfield

Logan, Faith: Community activist, born in Jamaica

Ransom, Terry: Studied the Underground Railroad extensively

Reynolds, Jerome: Real estate agent

Robison, Veronica: Civil rights activist; small business owner; volunteer

Rountree, Georgia & Paula Stadeker: Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority discuss the Springfield graduate chapter

Senor, Clarence: Navy veteran, fireman

Senor, Peggie: Minister, parent, community and church volunteer

Singley, Elijah: Retired librarian, directly involved in civil rights demonstrations

Van Buren, Laura: Springfield native for 88 years

Washington, Carmelita Hogan: University human resources professional, sorority volunteer

Washington, J.D.: First African-American principal in Springfield Public Schools

Washington, William: Newspaper publisher

Wilson, Charles: Bricklayer, musician, descendant of Springfield Race Riot victimschs-logo-22

Wilson, Jenrose: Wife of Charles Wilson, worked in health care field

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