Arlington Public Library Oral History Program

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Arlington Public Library Oral History Program

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The Arlington Oral History Program preserves the memories of Arlingtonians who witnessed and made history in a growing collection of over 375 interviews. This sample features interviews with people who were involved in the desegregation of Arlington Public Schools in various ways. You can listen to the audio recording of the interview and read through the typed transcript by clicking any of the files.

Items in the Arlington Public Library Oral History Program Collection

Oral History with Margarite Syphax, May 11, 1989
Margarite Reed Syphax moved to Arlington in 1947 with her husband William Syphax. The pair were active members of Mt. Olive Baptist Church and created their own construction and property management company, building custom homes and offices…

Oral History with Evelyn Syphax, February 9, 1984
Evelyn Syphax came to Arlington as a teacher at the then-segregated, all-black Langston Elementary School. Ms. Syphax continued teaching and improving Arlington Schools; she was appointed to the School Board in 1980 and became Chairperson of the…

Oral History with George Melvin Richardson, January 11, 2013
George Melvin Richardson became the principal of Hoffman-Boston in the early 1950s after graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Langston University and later with a master’s degree from Columbia University, eventually completing the…

Oral History with Dorothy Hamm, January 30, 1986
Dorothy Hamm moved to Arlington in 1950, around the age of 33, after graduating from Minor Teacher’s College in Washington, D.C. Ms. Hamm lived in Hall’s Hill, a close-knit and supportive African American community in segregated Arlington County.…

Oral History with Carolyn Crittendon, April 23, 2016
Carolyn Crittendon attended Hoffman-Boston Junior Senior High School until her senior year in 1964, when the school closed. Ms. Crittendon finished her high school education at the newly desegregated Wakefield High School. This interview was…

Oral History Interview with Elizabeth Campbell, September 3, 1984
Oral history interview with Elizabeth Campbell on September 3, 1984. Interviewer is Edmund Campbell. Item contains both typed transcript and audio recording.

Oral History Interview with Edmund Campbell, April 12, 1991
Oral history interview with Edmund Campbell on April 12, 1991. Interviewer is Cas Cocklin. Item contains both typed transcript and audio recording.

Oral History Interview with Edmund Campbell, May 26, 1975
Oral history interview with Edmund Campbell on May 26, 1975. Interviewer is Theda Nichols. Item contains both typed transcript and audio recording.

Oral History with Constance McAdam, April 20, 1992
Constance McAdam was an important figure in Arlington County’s Department of Parks and Recreation. She came to Arlington in 1958 and by the time of her interview had become the Assistant Director of the Department of Parks, Recreation, and…

Oral History with Michael Jones, June 17, 2016
Michael Jones was one of the first four students to break the segregation barriers in Arlington Public Schools by attending the previously all-white Stratford Junior High School in 1959. Mr. Jones grew up in the Hall’s Hill neighborhood, a…

Oral History with Lance Newman, February 13, 2016
Lance Newman was one of the first four students to break the segregation barriers in Arlington Public Schools by attending the previously all-white Stratford Junior High School in 1959. Mr. Newman grew up in the Hall’s Hill neighborhood, a…

Oral History Interview with James Stockard, April 23, 1984
James Stockard elected to the Arlington School Board, after being involved in the PTA, in 1955 and served for 12 ½ years. His time on the School Board was tumultuous; Mr. Stockard experienced the County’s loss of an elected school board and…