African American Heritage Project Retells Local History

Sep 23, 2019

Ron Kirby, 89, sits in the sanctuary of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Colp, Illinois with Walter Ray, political papers archivist at Morris Library at Southern Illinois University Carbondale on June 23, 2019. Ray is recording his and Kirby's conversation to add it in the Ronald W. Kirby Research collection on Dewmaine and Colp, Illinois, 1900-2019 in Morris Library's Special Collections Research Center.
Credit Amelia Blakely

As time goes on, stories about who people are, where they came from and why make up a region's collective history. When new information is revealed, truths change.

Across southern Illinois, small and rural communities are archiving oral history for historians to have a more complete picture of the past.