"I saw something that no one else could see, and that is me walking around with that big tall hat on."

Clayton Sherrod looks back to 1964, when at 19 years old he became executive chef at an all-white country club in Birmingham, Alabama.
Recorded in Alabama, Birmingham
Clayton Sherrod looks back to 1964, when at 19 years old he became executive chef at an all-white country club in Birmingham, ...
Recorded in
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Stephanie Burton

In Partnership with
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and The Birmingham African American Genealogy Study Group

Themes
Griot
Work

"The doctor told my parents that I was hopelessly insane."

Jon Brock tells his daughter Glenny Brock about being committed to Bryce Hospital, Alabama's oldest psychiatric facility, in 1965.
Recorded in Alabama, Birmingham
Jon Brock tells his daughter Glenny Brock about being committed to Bryce Hospital, Alabama's oldest psychiatric facility, in 1965.
Recorded in
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Marquita James

Themes
Struggle

"He was so busy that he would schedule surgeries for three and four in the morning."

Linda Kenney (R) Miller and her sister Diane Kenney (L) remember their grandfather, Dr. John A. Kenney, who founded the first hospital for African Americans in Newark, NJ.
Recorded in Alabama, Montgomery
Linda Kenney (R) Miller and her sister Diane Kenney (L) remember their grandfather, Dr. John A. Kenney, who founded the ...
Recorded in
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Marquita James

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Griot
Struggle

"She said, 'You know, there was a time we couldn't wear no fingernail polish...'"

Mary Ellen Noone remembers a story from her great-grandmother.
Recorded in Alabama, Montgomery
Produced by
Michael Garofalo, Vanara Taing

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Griot
Struggle
Witness

"He asked me, 'How many black jelly beans are in the jar...'"

Theresa Burroughs tells her daughter Toni Love about registering to vote.
Recorded in Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Theresa Burroughs tells her daughter Toni Love about registering to vote.
Recorded in
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Maisie Tivnan

Themes
Griot
Struggle
Witness