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Crossing the Tracks: An Oral History of East and West Wilson, North Carolina

“The great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do.” James Baldwin

View and Read About the Interviews

This part of the project was co-sponsored by the Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House Museum, Barton College's History Department, and Barton College's Hackney Library.

Matthew Flint, who graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Barton College in 2014 and is now a staff member at Hackney Library, began conducting these interviews in the fall of 2013 and concluded them in the summer of 2014.  He was assisted by the of Director of Hackney Library, George Loveland, who departed from the library in the summer of 2017.

Logan Skinner, who graduated with a Bachelor of Liberal Studies from Barton College in 2016, conducted a pair of interviews in the fall of 2014.

 

Below, Matthew Flint conducts an interview with Frank Emory at the Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House Museum of African American History in the fall of 2013.