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Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Oral History Project

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Oral History Project

Descriptive Summary

Title: Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Oral History Project
Creator: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Inclusive Dates: 2020 - ongoing
Language: English
Extent: 3 interview(s)
Collection Number: RBRL/484/MPBC
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Collection Description

Scope and Content

The Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Oral History Project is a community collaboration initiated in 2020 by the Mt. Pleasant History Committee and the Russell Library, as part of the Athens, Georgia African American Oral History Initiative, to collect and preserve the modern history of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church and its members, and to document the history of the Brooklyn and surrounding neighborhoods now located near Hawthorne Ave. Mount Pleasant Baptist Church is a historically Black Baptist church in Athens, Georgia founded in 1870.


Administrative Information

Preferred citation

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Oral History Project, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

Resources may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2021.


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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

MPBC-001-01 Verna Miller Smith interviewed by Christian Lopez

1 interview(s) 126 minutes
Verna Miller Smith was born in 1946. She grew up on a family farm off Brooklyn road in Athens, Georgia. In this interview, she discusses her family history and describes the Brooklyn neighborhood which was historically African American. She discusses changes in Athens and highlights continued inequity.
Remote interview.
MPBC-001-01 Verna Miller Smith audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

MPBC-002 Reverend James Williams

2 interview(s)



MPBC-002-01 Reverend James Williams interviewed by Christian Lopez

( 1 interview(s) 95 minutes )
Reverend James Williams is the Church Historian for Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. He grew up in El Paso, Texas before moving to Elbert County, Georgia at age ten. In this interview, he focuses on his education. He compares his integrated school in Texas to the segregated school in Georgia, details interactions with teachers, and discusses integrating the white high school.
Remote interview.
MPBC-002-01 Rev. James Williams audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online



MPBC-002-02 Reverend James Williams interviewed by Christian Lopez

( 1 interview(s) 117 minutes )
Reverend James Williams is the Church Historian for Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. He grew up in El Paso, Texas before moving to Elbert County, Georgia at age ten. In this follow-up interview, he focuses on his time at the University of Georgia. He talks about his family legacy at UGA, and he compares his undergraduate and graduate experiences at the university.
Remote interview.
MPBC-002-02 Rev. James Williams audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online