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About this collection

The South of U Collection Oral History Project gathers first-hand accounts of Washington D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood from individuals who lived there during and after the historic 1968 riots.

 

The collection consists of video interviews with ten people who discuss their experiences of the effects of the riots on the neighborhood and community and the culture of U Street and Shaw, both past and present. Individual experiences of living in Shaw range from Yvonne Baskerville, a student at segregated Dunbar High School who describes the shock of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, to Ibrahim Mumin, who attended Howard in 1965 as a student activist and has stayed involved with Shaw’s community development over time.

 

The South of U Project was created by Shaw Neighborhood Library staff members Casey Danielson, Nicolas Hirsch, and Eric Riley who began conducting the interviews in 2012. They initially intended to create a documentary from the footage, but a film was not completed.

 

All existing video interviews and full transcripts for the South of U Oral History Project are available in Dig DC. Each interview with a individual is divided into multiple video clips, which are numbered sequentially. A transcript of each individual’s full interview is available as a single searchable PDF transcript. The second of the two oral history video interviews with Mill Butler was lost some time after its creation, however, a transcript is available for the entire interview.

 

The DC Public Library holds the copyright for all of the South of U Oral History Project audio and documents.

 

Still image of Mill Butler from his video interview for the South of U Oral History Project – Life, Riots, Renewal in Shaw.

 
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