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RE: Oral History Project

From: Rhonda Jones - jonesr@nccu.edu
Date: Tue, Mar 9, 2010

Good afternoon everyone,

Thank you all for responding to my inquiry about participating in the oral history project. As director of the public history program at NC Central my students became involved in working on an archival processing project at Ft. Fisher in Wilmington, NC. While there were some of the students who expressed an interest in becoming interpretors, one actually followed up by becoming an intern at the site last summer. He has since relocated to the area with the intention of obtaining a second Master's at UNC Wilmington in the fall, where he will write a thesis on Ft. Monroe. Conjunctively, three students interned at the Museum of Confederacy, where they processed the Jefferson Davis family paper's according to the Society of American Archives standards. Throughout these activities the subject of African Americans' place in the narrative of the Confederacy kept coming up. Although the bibliographical lists and primary resource documentation continues to grow, I am interested in African Americans descendants' contemporary perspectives. In addition to archives and oral history, the courses also focus on applied approaches to historic interpretation, genealogy, museum exhibitions, educational programs and public outreach. I intend for this initiative to be a long range project that will result in transcribed oral history podcasts, a museum/archive exhibit, and field work experiences. I look am really looking forward to this endeavor.

Best regards,
Dr. Rhonda Jones

Dr. Rhonda D. Jones
Mellon HBCU Faculty Fellow 2009-2010
220 Franklin Humanities Institute
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708
(919) 613-6165

Dr. Rhonda D. Jones
Assistant Professor
Director of Public History
Digital Humanities Scholar
North Carolina Central University
202 D Edmonds Classroom Building
1801 Fayetteville Street
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 530-5013


From: Marcotte, Bob - bmarcotte@rec.tamu.edu
Sent: Monday, March 08, 2010

Subject: RE: Oral History Project

Dr Jones,

I also recommend Mr. Edgerton as a speaker devoted to telling the story of how blacks and whites related to each other prior to reconstruction and he is very engaging and entertaining as a speaker.

I also suggest you contact Robert Harrison, Reference Librarian and Instructor, MSLS at the Harry B. Gilbert Library at Tidewater Community College - Chesapeake Campus. His contact information is below.

1428 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, Virginia 23322
Office Phone (757)822-5174
Reference Desk Phone (757)822-5162
Fax (757)822-5713
E-mail rharrison@tcc.edu
Phone (757)822-5174
Fax (757)822-5713

Mr. Harrison is a descendant of a black Confederate soldier and currently serves as 1st Sergeant with the 37th Texas Cavalry (Terrell’s) CSA, an active living history re-enactor organization telling the true story of the 37th ‘s service to the Confederacy during the War Between the States. The 37th was a racially diverse, fully integrated unit where blacks, whites, Hispanics, native Americans and even oriental members fought side by side as brothers, treated equally as soldiers by their superiors. The federal army would not have an integrated unit until 1948.

Their website is; http://www.37thtexas.org/

The two speakers we had were;

Dr Steven Holmes of the Buffalo Soldiers Museum in Houston TX (http://www.buffalosoldiermuseum.com/). He can be contacted at; stholmes@aol.com , Phone number; 281-380-259

Dr. Holmes is the descendant of a black federal soldier that served in the War Between the States and later became a Buffalo Soldier during the Indian Wars. We discovered during discussions after the presentations that he also had a descendent that served the South as Part of Terry’s Rangers (http://www.terrystexasrangers.org/) the 8th Texas Cavalry CSA. He has a fascinating story of the difficulty of researching his family history.

Jeff Murrah (http://hubpages.com/hub/Black-Confederates), descendent of the last Confederate Governor of Texas, He has researched Texas History extensively and published several books on Texas Military history, including “None But Texians: A History of Terry's Texas Rangers”. His interest in minorities in Confederate service was no doubt influenced by the fact that Governor Pendleton Murrah had the highest ranking Black Confederate Officer generally known about, Major James Kemp Holland, on his staff. He has written articles on minorities and presented on the subject. He is a very interesting speaker. His contact information is; jeff@restorethefamily.com ; Phone Number; 713-344-0682

Finally, I know of a speaker that presented on the subject of Black Confederate soldiers at a nearby Camp. I don’t have contact information but here is what I do have.

“Our camp will have a program that I think you might be interested in. The program for this month will be on "Black Confederate Soldiers", and will be presented by Eddie Harrison. Eddie is very involved with black history in this area and also of the Buffalo soldiers. He recently gave this program to the "Fortnightly Cub" a women's organization here in Brenham and it was well received.”

You may contact (Jerry Nelson) Commander of the General Henry E. McCulloch Camp of the SCV at 979-836-1707 for more information.

Bob Marcotte
Commander, Sul Ross Camp #1457
Sons of Confederate Veterans
7538 Sandy Point Rd. Bryan, TX 77807
Work 979.845.6285/home 979.775.1894./Cell 979.324.6277


From: Ray James - mailto:r-james@tamu.edu
Sent: Monday, March 08, 2010

Subject: RE: Oral History Project

Dr. Jones:

I’m very pleased to see that you are interested in having Mr. Edgerton participate in your study of the history of African American Confederates and their descendants. I know he will be a good contact and your students will get a different perspective from him, if you are able to get him to participate.

Our Camp in Bryan, Texas recently had a meeting with two speakers on this same subject, and it was a very enlightening meeting—I’m copying our Camp Commander Bob Marcotte who put the program together, in case he may be helpful to your project or in case you would like to know more details about our meeting.

Please also know that there is a descendant of a black Confederate currently serving as a Brigade 2nd Lt. Commander in our High Plains Brigade. Stuart Williams is an undergraduate history major at Texas Tech, and by cc I am putting you in touch with him, in case he might be another resource for your oral history project.

And, finally, I’m copying Lt. Cmdr. Mark Vogl who is planning our first of five annual celebrations of the Sesquicentennial, so he also knows of your interest. He is working to bring together academicians for a symposium as part of the December 2010 event, which will be called the “The Road to Secession” .

Warmest regards,

Ray James

Ray W. James
CMDR, Texas Division
Sons of Confederate Veterans
1501 Frost Dr.
College Station, Texas 77845
(979) 693-3507 (H)
(979) 845-7265 (W)
http://ceprofs.tamu.edu/rjames/scv r-james@tamu.edu

Ray W. James, P.E., Ph.D.
Asst. Dean
Engineering Student Services and Academic Programs
Dwight Look College of Engineering
204 Zachry Engineering Center
Texas A&M University
3127 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3127
Tel. 979.845.7265


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