HARTFORD — The Hartford Oral History Project focusing on the essence of the Civil Rights Movement in Hartford kicked off on Friday and will run for the next three months at the University of Connecticut Greater Hartford campus.
Project Director Ann-Marie Adams and a group of students and volunteers will conduct interviews with Hartford residents who witnessed the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and the 1980s.
“Hartford was very much a part of the national Civil Rights Movement,” said Adams, a journalist and adjunct history professor. “The city during the Civil Rights Movement was fascinating, and this history must be explored to find meaning in the present.”
Besides building a research library for the public, these interviews will serve scholars of the civil rights movement in the North. Selected transcripts will also be deposited in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. The project is also sponsored by the Connecticut Alliance for Better Communities.
For more information about volunteer opportunity for students, teachers and residents, call 860-997-8299.