The purpose of the Lincoln County Voices oral history project is to document and preserve the history and heritage of the African-American community in Lincoln County, North Carolina through collected personal histories and the location of documents, photographs, and other artifacts and objects related to this community. LCHA is gathering and preserving at the Lincoln County Museum of History information about Lincoln County’s African-American community not available or documented elsewhere.
The project is the result of conversations between Robert Hamilton and Jason Harpe about how to best begin the process of documenting the history of Lincoln County’s African-American community. Hamilton and Harpe compiled a list of notable and well-known members of this community and began contacting them about meetings to discuss the project. These discussions resulted in the formation of the Lincoln County Voices Advisory Committee. Members of the this committee include Robert Hamilton, Leroy Magness, Ola Mae Foster, Edith Lomax, Hazelene Ford, Rev. Franklin Lowery, Sandra Little, Robert Holloway, Mary Frances White, John Lafferty, Joanne Shelton, and Jason Harpe. The committee’s initial meetings were held at the Lincoln Cultural Center and consisted of outlining the mission and purpose of the project, standards for conducting interviews and securing copyright, a strategy for compiling a list of individuals and groups throughout Lincoln County whose stories need to be recorded for posterity, and the methodology for recording, transcribing, and presenting the information obtained from these interviews.
Jason Harpe, Robert Hamilton, Bill Beam, and Stephanie Easler have conducted most of the interviews, and Hamilton has made annual trips to Tucker’s Grove Campground in Iron Station to record stories about African-American education, campmeetings, and other topics of local interest. The Lincoln County Voices oral history archive currently consists of audio recordings with the Providence Missionary Baptist Church women’s bible class (Ottie Odum, Elizabeth Nixon, Betty Logan, Fannie L. Norman), Thomas Nixon, Edith Lomax, Aubrey Rice, Leonard Holloway, Robert Holloway, Nathaniel “Brownie” Oates, Leroy Magness, Ethel H. Goodwin, Nellie Lofton, Thelma Lindsay, Yvonne Clark, Grace M. Logan, Lorene Houser, Cozette Hall, Sadie Anderson Derr, A.C. Sherrill, Frances Smith Froneberger, Verti Friday, Victoria J. Wilson, Gretchen Sherrill, Robert Smith, Joseph Rozzell, Ada Williams, Morris Rozzell, J.T. Smith, and Correne Luckey.
LCHA is looking for people interested in interviewing members of Lincoln County’s African-American community, in addition to transcribing interviews to be included on our website. We are also interested in learning about other individuals and groups in the African-American community that need their stories and recollections recorded.
Please contact LCHA at firstname.lastname@example.org if you know someone we need to interview or contact about digitizing their collection of photographs from Lincoln County’s African-American Community.
LCHA received grassroots funds from BFI/Allied Waste to begin the project.