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Allen Jones interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

Allen Jones interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

Date
1993-05-29
Description
One audio cassette. Jones, a member of the Gandy Dancers, answers questions from audience members about railway work, equipment, and making iron. The interview represents the second portion of tape C93-9.
Collection
Allen Jones interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

Allen Jones interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

Date
1993-05-30
Description
One audio cassette. NKwanda Jah is the interviewer. Jones, a member of the Gandy Dancers from Birmingham, Ala., discusses his work on the railroads.
Collection
Apprenticeship for 1992 Florida Folk Festival

Apprenticeship for 1992 Florida Folk Festival

Date
1992-05
Description
One proof sheet with thirty-four black and white images. Fieldwork for the 1992 Florida Folk Festival. 4-13: Charles Haldeman, railroader with union Pacific RailRoad; 14-17: Shoeshiner Ed Gooden St. Michael Hospital; 18-20: Sound engineer recording at Florida Folk Festival; 21: Folk festival audio log; 22: Masryktown Beseda dancers; 23-26: Festival visitors; 27-28: Apprentice Mike Stapleton of Miami and master Jospeh Arbie of Live Oak, playing accordions; 29-31: Master wheelwright Lester Hollenback of Deltona with apprentice Tico Rubio of Barberville; 32-35, 38: Accordionist Tomas Grenado; 37: Accordion apprentice Abe Avazola.
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Billy Howell interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

Billy Howell interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

Date
1993-05-30
Description
One audio cassette. NKwanda Jah is the interviewer. Howell gives a brief family background. He explains the turpentine business, homesteading, and other industries in North Florida. He gives some background on attending school in Port St. Joe, Fla. and working for the St. Joe Paper Company for forty-two years. He discusses his collection of railroad paraphernalia and how he acquired an interest in railway work because of his father, a news butch on the Apalachicola Northern Railroad. He explains that he never referred to railroad section workers as "gandy dancers," but instead as "section gangs." He shares his perception of race relations among railway workers, explaining that section foremen were usually white and the workers were African American. The tape cuts outs momentarily at 14:50. Howell discusses labor when he first entered the work force, including his work in the Coast Guard. He discusses his work photographing railroads.
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Billy Howell interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

Billy Howell interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

Date
1993-05-29
Description
One audio cassette. Howell answers audience questions about the railroad memorabilia he has on display, including his telegraph machine. He discusses his father's career on the Apalachicola Northern Railroad, and his experiences working on and riding the railroads in his youth. He also explains why Port St. Joe, Fla. was so important as a train depot, and discusses some of the history of that town. He shows some audience members the camera he uses to document trains and railroads in the Port St. Joe area. He further explains the purpose of some of his memorabilia (a steam injector and water gauge). The interview represents the third portion of tape C93-9.
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Blues musician Buck Thompson playing on his porch

Blues musician Buck Thompson playing on his porch

Date
1985-02-14
Description
Two reel to reel tapes. Sound recording of fifty-year old blues guitarist Buck Thompson playing tunes that he learned from the radio on his front porch. A former railroad worker, he played the juke circuit in the 1950s. Because of the recording location, sounds of traffic and pedestrians can be heard. Images of the performance can be found in S 1577, v. 27, slides 1467-1495. In winter 1985, the Bureau contracted with two folklorists to conduct a folk arts survey of the St. Johns River basin in northeastern Florida. The St. Johns River is the largest and most used river in Florida, supporting much river commerce as well as a modest amount of commercial fishing. Folklorists Mary Anne McDonald and Kathleen Figgen conducted the survey from January through March 1985 under the direction of Folklife Coordinator Blanton Owen and Bureau Chief Ormond Loomis. Documentation compiled in the survey was used to prepare and present the St. Johns River Basin Folklife Area at the 1985 Florida Folk Festival.
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Car Songs workshop at the 1988 Florida Folk Festival (Old Marble Stage)

Car Songs workshop at the 1988 Florida Folk Festival (Old Marble Stage)

Date
1988-05-28
Description
One reel to reel recording. Hoovler served as emcee. There were recording problems, plus much of the performers sang from the audience. Therefore the quality of the recording is poor.
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Celestial Railroad String Band performing at the 1990 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage)

Celestial Railroad String Band performing at the 1990 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage)

Date
1990-05-25
Description
One reel to reel recording. Dinella served as the emcee. The group was from Coral Springs, and consisted of: Lo Gordon (banjo/vocals); Mary Gordon (guitar/vocal); Tim Gordon (fiddle); and Matt Gordon (washtun bass/vocal).
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Charlie Vinson interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

Charlie Vinson interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

Date
1993-05-30
Description
One cassette tape. NKwanda Jah interviews Vinson, a member of the Gandy Dancers from Birmingham, Ala., who discusses his work on the railroads. Other members of the Gandy Dancers were present and can be heard in the background. Vinson gives some geneaological history before discussing his work for United States Steel beginning in 1947. He explains that most firemen on the railroads are left-handed due to the need to fire left handed. He describes working on bridge gangs across Alabama and Georgia, including a story about encountering a snake while working on one of the bridges. He discusses his life since retirement and working with the Gandy Dancers. Vinson recounts working with white workers on the bridge gangs. He explains the importance of the human element in railway work, and the role of the railroad companies in employing African Americans. He describes greasing his face with Vaseline to keep his skin from peeling.
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Cornelius Wright, Jr. interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

Cornelius Wright, Jr. interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

Date
1993-05-30
Description
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.
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Identifier Title Type Subject Thumbnail
a_s1576_30_c93-009bAllen Jones interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife AreasoundFolk festivals
Florida Folk Festival
African Americans
Oral narratives
Railroads
Railway workers
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a_s1576_30_c93-019Allen Jones interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife AreasoundRailroads Employees
Dancers
Folk festivals
Florida Folk Festival
Railroads
Interviews
Railway workers
Oral narratives
African Americans
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Apprenticeship for 1992 Florida Folk FestivalApprenticeship for 1992 Florida Folk FestivalStill ImageMaterial culture
Accordions
Demonstrations
Beseda (Dance)
Folk dance
Folk festivals
Folklore revival festivals
Audiotape recordings
Wheelwrights
Apprentices
Dancers
Musicians
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a_s1576_30_c93-018Billy Howell interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife AreasoundRailroads Employees
Folk festivals
Florida Folk Festival
Railroads
Occupational folklore
Railway workers
Oral narratives
Interviews
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a_s1576_30_c93-009cBilly Howell interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife AreasoundFolk festivals
Florida Folk Festival
Oral narratives
Railroads
Harbors
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a_s1714_reel23Blues musician Buck Thompson playing on his porchSoundFieldwork
Research methods
Collecting
Sound recording
String instruments
Blues (Music)
African Americans
Musical tradition, African diaspora
Guitarists
Guitar
Guitar music
Music performance
Music
Guitarist
Musicians
Blues singers
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a_s1576_t88-111Car Songs workshop at the 1988 Florida Folk Festival (Old Marble Stage)SoundSingers
Festivals
Folk festivals
Folklore revival festivals
Special events
Music performance
Singing
Children
Songs
Old time music
Sing alongs
Musicians
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a_s1576_t90-105Celestial Railroad String Band performing at the 1990 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage)SoundMusicians
Bands (Music)
Folk festivals
Folklore revival festivals
Festivals
Special events
Performing arts
Music performance
String bands
Singing
Stringband music
String instruments
Old time music
Musical groups
Singers
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a_s1576_30_c93-021Charlie Vinson interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife AreasoundRailroads Employees
Dancers
Folk festivals
Florida Folk Festival
Railroads
Oral narratives
Railway workers
Interviews
African Americans
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a_s1576_30_c93-026Cornelius Wright, Jr. interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife AreasoundRailroads Employees
Dancers
Folk festivals
Florida Folk Festival
Railway workers
Oral histories
Oral narratives
Race relations
African Americans
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