William Gravely oral history collection on the lynching of Willie Earle
The William Gravely Oral History Collection on the Lynching of Willie Earle consists of 41 oral history interviews and accompanying supplementary materials.
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Date of Original
African Americans--South Carolina--History--20th century
African Americans--South Carolina--Interviews
Civil rights--South Carolina
Greenville County (S.C.)--Race Relations--History
Trials (Murder)--South Carolina--Greenville
Earle, Willie, -1947
Gravely, William, 1939-
Whittenberg, A. J., Jr.
Ashmore, Robert T. (Robert Thomas), 1904-1989
Harris, Mary Elizabeth
Kerne, Oliverene Earle
Lounds, Mary Earle
Culbertson, John Bolt, 1908-1983
Earle, James Sidney
Gilkerson, Yancey Sherard, 1919-
Graham, Jane Nolan
Hendricks, Mrs. Ben
McCray, John Henry, 1910-1987
Merck, J. Austin
Riley, E. P. Ted, Sr.
Rivera, A. M.
Robinson, Tessie Earle
Simkins, Modjeska Monteith, 1899-1992
Steele, Max, 1922-2005
Thurmond, Strom, 1902-2003
The William Gravely Oral History Collection on the Lynching of Willie Earle consists of 41 oral history interviews and accompanying supplementary materials. Dr. William Gravely, Professor Emeritus of Religion at the University of Denver, recorded the recollections of journalists, law enforcement officers, attorneys, clergy, relatives of Willie Earle, and other community members in relation to the lynching of African American and native South Carolinian Willie Earle on February 17, 1947. The collection also includes extensive notes, in both audio and written form, regarding Dr. Gravely’s explanation of his goals in creating the collection and to confront the dominant racial issues of the American South. Among the notable persons interviewed are John McCray, Strom Thurmond, Modjeska Simkins, and Tessie Earle Robinson (Willie Earle’s mother).
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