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Mobile Public Library Local History & Genealogy Library

The Local History and Genealogy Library is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and providing access to the history of Mobile, and the greater Gulf Coast region.

Mobile Tricentennial Video Oral History Project Interview Clips


Mobile Tricentennial Video Oral History Project Interview Clips


Oral history interviews of elders in Mobile's African American community. These items are clippings, and the full interviews are available for viewing at the Local History & Genealogy division of the Mobile Public Library. A full listing of available interviews may be searched through the MPL online catalog:


National African American Archives & Museum,
Museum of Mobile


Mobile Public Library, Local History & Genealogy




Kern Jackson




Oral history interviews



Collection Items

James Arthur Reed talks about Gomas Auditorium, the bands that used to play there, and his first job at Albright and Wood's Drug Store.

Willie Pearl Lewis talks about being a teacher, moving from Mobile County Training School to Vigor High School, and being one of the first black teachers at a formerly all white school.

Lancie Thomas and Claretta Blackmon talk about The Mobile Beacon, what it has done for the community, politics, Gov. Wallace, and the Klan.

Casmarah Mani talks about changes in his community, the effects of desegregation, and race relations.

Mabel Dennison talks about her book, including her grandparents, the Clotilde, and Africatown

Olney Lucious talks about his experiences as a musician in Mobile

Martha West Davis talks about her grandfather, Cudjo Lewis, the Clotilde, Cudjo's funeral, Mon Louis Island, the Plateau Community, etc.

Eoline Pope Scott and Odile Pope Owen talk about their father in the Excelsior Band and family memories

Part of the VOHP interview of Paulette Davis Horton, discussing her book, Avenue, the People, the Places, the Memories, and discussing her experiences interviewing Mobilians for the book
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