David Harris


Chelsie Guthrie



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This interview is one of series conducted concerning the Oral History of Appalachia. Mr. Harris was the Director of Equity Programs and Associate Human Resource Director at Marshall University, as well as the president of the Black Alumni Inc. He discusses: his family and his childhood; his education; his service in the U.S. Army and his experiences in Vietnam; a business he started; coming to work at Marshall University; the McClain family (who were involved in the NAACP and other church and civic functions); civil rights; funerals and cemeteries; church; some history of Huntington (WV); and other topics.

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Vietnam War, African American experiences


Appalachian Studies | Oral History | Social History

Library of Congress Subjects

Harris, David, 1944- -- Autobiography., Marshall University -- Oral histories., Douglass Junior High School -- Oral histories., Huntington High School -- Oral histories., United States. Army -- Oral histories., African-Americans -- West Virginia -- Oral histories., Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Veterans -- Oral histories., Segregation -- Oral histories., Civil rights -- Oral histories., Cemeteries -- Oral histories., Huntington (W. Va.) -- Oral histories.


Interview is included in the Marshall University Oral History Collection. The index number is OH64-700.


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Oral History Interview: David Harris