|a_s1576_30_c93-026||Cornelius Wright, Jr. interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area||sound||Railroads Employees|
Florida Folk Festival
Cornelius Wright, Jr. interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area
- Two audio cassettes. NKwanda Jah is the interviewer. On C93-26, Wright, a member of the Gandy Dancers from Birmingham, Ala., gives some family and educational background. He discusses his early work on the railroads and being drafted into the military during the Korean War, as well as his choice to continue railway work in spite of his education because it was one of the highest paid jobs an African American could get at that time. Wright explains the responsibility of those with an educational background in the African American community. He describes learning railway work observing his father, a supervisor on the railroads during the 1930s. He explains how his education served as a "buffer zone" between himself and some of his white supervisors. He describes his life after retirement in 1982. He tells a story about his experience with the Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King, Jr., including his inability to remain non-violent during protest. Wright details his role in advocating for higher wagers for African American railway workers during the 1960s.
On C93-27, Wright continues to discuss his role in railway worker management during the 1970s. He recounts the scarcity of black supervisors during his early days on the railroads. He closes the interview by imparting advice for young people.
|a_s1592_06_tape24||Interview with Earnest (Popeye) Thompson||Sound||Fieldwork|
Boats and boating
Ku Klux Klan (1915- )
Interview with Earnest (Popeye) Thompson
- One audio cassette. Recording of fisher Thompson. He discusses fishing for red snapper and sharks; sponging; hunting sea turtles; boat types; local businesses; and his poems. Between 1986 and 1987, a partnership between the Florida Folklife Program and the American Folk Center created the Maritime Heritage Survey Project. Focusing on the Gulf and Atlantic fishing cultures, and utilizing photographs, slides, oral histories, and on-site interviews, the survey climaxed with a demonstration area at the 1987 Florida Folk Festival. The three main researchers were Nancy Nusz, Merri Belland, and project director David Taylor. Additional information on the project can be found in Taylor's project files in S 1716.
|a_s1712_01_tape05b||Mercedes Sandoval presentation at the Folk Culture in the South: Women's Contributions seminar||Sound||Conference presentations|
Color (racial identity)
Hispanic American Catholics