African American Oral History Project

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African American Oral History Project


Oral history interviews with the African American community for the Yonkers Public Library African American Oral History Project. There are photographs included to go along with the interviews.


Yonkers Public Library


Vinnie Bagwell
Thelma Jenkins
Theresa Murphy
Dennis Richmond, Jr.
Katori Walker
Dale Rascoe
Arthur Muhammad


Yonkers Public Library







Items in the African American Oral History Project Collection

Theresa Murphy talks about growing up in the Bronx and being involved with Civil Rights movements.

Vinnie talks about African American art work and public art projects she has created, such as the Ella Fitzgerald sculpture and Victory Behind Sims.

Dennis talks about his family's history and traces his roots back to the 1770s . He also describes his involvement in the Black Lives Matter movement and work he has done with the Historically Black College and University Intuitive (HBCU).

Joyce Marie Watknis
Joyce is Dennis Richmond's grandmother.
She was born in 1937.

Grandma Adele
This a photograph of Dennis Richmond's great grandmother Adele Matilda Merritt. She was born in 1913.

Grandma Coles
This a photograph of Dennis Richmond's great -great grandmother Mary Susan Robinson Coles. She lived from 1865-1957.

Mary Roselle Glover
Mary is Dennis Richmond's great grandma.

John Sherman Merritt  and Leila Bell Robinson
John and Leila are Dennis Richmond's great grandparents.

The photograph was taken in 1909.

John Sherman Merritt
John Sherman Merritt is Dennis Richmond's great grandfather.
He lived from 1889-1921.

Ivery and Katori Walker
This a photograph of Katori Walker and her mother Ivory Walker.