Waller-Anderson-Still Collection
Helen Anderson Waller Collection, Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Temple University Libraries.

African American Migration to Philadelphia Oral Histories

Browse the African American Migration Oral Histories

About the Collection

The first wave of the Great Migration begins in 1916 when African Americans leave the South to escape terror and segregation in search of better jobs, housing and education. The 269 interviews were recorded between 1987 and 1988. They include family history and all aspects of Black urban life experienced by the migrants in the City of Philadelphia.

The Great Migration Oral History interviews were made possible through a grant awarded to Charles L. Blockson by Mayor John Street’s administration and the William Penn Foundation.

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