Mobile Public Library Digital Collections

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.

StoryCorps Community Archive


StoryCorps Community Archive


Recordings and photographs of the oral history interviews collected by StoryCorps during their 2017 MobileBooth tour to Mobile


Mobile Public Library, Local History & Genealogy




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English, Spanish


text, sound


Mobile, Alabama

Items in the StoryCorps Community Archive Collection

Alexander, Carly
Carly Alexander speaks with her mother, Brandy Alexander, about what she enjoys about living on Dauphin Island, having a younger brother, and her hopes for the future.

Andrews, Rose
Rose Andrews speaks with her son, Joshua Andrews, about how he enjoys school, sports, and spending time at the Dumas Wesley Community Center.

Barker, J.C.
J.C. Barker and his colleague and friend Dorothy C. Morrison speak about the growth of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra, how they both became involved, and what the work means to them.

Beam, Aaron
Aaron Beam, Jr., speaks with his daughter Jenny Beam Klein about participating in corporate fraud, going to prison, and finally becoming an author and motivational speaker.

Beck, Edwin
Edwin "Ed" Beck tells his wife, Nancy Beck, about growing up in Alabama during the Jim Crow era, recognizing the inequality around him, assisting the integration of one of his college classes, and working towards a more just future.

Bemis, Lillian
Sisters Lillian Bemis, Joy C. B. Robinson, and Mary Beth Hayes reminisce about growing up in Gulf Shores and talk about how they have worked to preserve the history of the community.

Bennett, Sonya
Friends and members of the Baha'i Faith, Sonya Bennett and Nancye Jennings, speak about their religion, Nancye's Baha'i great-grandfather, and their work in the "advice booth" at their local bookstore.

Bishop, Sherry
Sherry Bishop speaks with her daughter, Justine Herlihy, about the unique combination of values that shape their lives. They share memories of their childhoods and reflect on the tornado that devastated Justine's neighborhood in 2011.

Bodenmann, Laura
Laura Bodenmann and her friend Jennifer Laurent reflect on their friendship as a constant line through tragedy and hardship in their lives. They talk about how they keep each other laughing.

Bonifay, Carolyn
Carolyn Bonifay speaks with her granddaughter, Alexandra "Noel" Allen, about growing up in Pensacola, fostering relationships with her children and grandchildren, and finding acceptance after being diagnosed with Cancer for the third time.