The Marshall University Oral History Collection consists of over 800 transcribed interviews with residents of the Tri-State region of West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. The majority of the interviews were conducted by students at Marshall University as class projects in the departments of History, Sociology, and Anthropology during the 1980s and 1990s. Many of the original audio recordings were done on reel-to-reel tape recorders or other cassette recording devices and are no longer audible. The oral histories contained here in Marshall Digital Scholar do have complete audio recordings available in addition to the completely transcribed interview. A complete subject listing of all available oral histories in the collection can be found at http://www.marshall.edu/special-collections/mss_guide/pdf/acc64-OHA-subject-index.pdf. For additional information about this collection, please contact the Special Collections Department at Marshall University at 304-696-2343 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Callie J. Barnett
Callie J. Barnett grew up in Ohio, but moved to Huntington, WV, in the early 1900s when her husband took a job as the principal of Douglass School, an African American school. In this interview, Mrs. Barnett focuses on segregation of schools in Huntington, and specifically discusses the differences between schools in West Virginia and Ohio. She emphasizes her decision to educate her sons in Granville, OH, instead of in Huntington, WV. She believed they had the opportunity for a better, more equal education in Ohio. In the audio clip provided, Mrs. Barnett discusses the differences in the quality of supplies and education in the segregated schools of Huntington, WV. In her interview, Mrs. Barnett also focuses on African American jobs with C & O Railroad, African American churches in Huntington, WV, her father-in-law Dr. Barnett, and Carter G. Woodson, a family relative.