African American 'History Makers' Preserved Through Video Recordings

By: Lanetra Bennett
July 1, 2014

A collection of 2,600 videotaped interviews of African Americans will soon be going to the Library of Congress.

'HistoryMakers' -- the nation's largest African American oral history collection -- preserves and shares the life stories of thousands of African Americans.

Interviewees are well-known and unsung 'history makers.' Videos range from President Barack Obama to the oldest living black cowboy.

More than a dozen 'history makers' from Tallahassee are in the collection, including the educator James Eaton, former FAMU Band Director Julian White, and Civic Activist Lois Martin.

HistoryMakers' Senior Interviewer, Larry Crowe, says, "History makes us more human. The more we know about people the more human they are to us. These are video interviews, so not only do we get to hear them speak in first person, we also get to see their facial expressions. It's something that is rare."

To view the more than 600 videos online, go to

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