Oral History

Oral History 


New Winston Museum believes in the power and significance of personal stories. We are actively collecting oral histories from the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Community and look forward to sharing them with the public. Below is a selection of some of our and partners’ oral history projects.


Foodways & Roadways: Finding Our Way Home was produced through a collaboration between the Wake Forest Translational Science Institute and Wake Forest University Documentary Film Program. The film tells the story of how 1960s urban renewal changed the food environment for African Americans living in Winston-Salem. First shown in April 2013, the film was part of an exhibit that included archival and contemporary images. Through oral histories of African Americans who lived during this time, the film offers its viewers an opportunity to learn about the thriving African-American neighborhoods of Winston-Salem destroyed in the construction of Highways 52 and 40. These neighborhoods were filled with corner stores, backyard vegetable gardens, neighborhood cafes, and produce peddlers from rural areas. Foodways & Roadways uses rich memories of childhood, previously untold stories of African American business owners, and images to engage its viewers in a cautionary tale about food, community, and the consequences of progress. 

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Local Civil Rights pioneer Carl Matthews shares his incredible story.

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The following oral histories feature many local residents and are edited and organized into three thematic sections that illustrate life in this community over time.

 

The first video combines comments and remembrances concerning Winston-Salem’s early years. Interviewees share personal and family stories that give a glimpse of the community’s early identity.

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 The second video shares observations on local race relations and descriptions of life during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.

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The final video incorporates the perspectives of long-time residents and representatives of the community’s new developments, providing a retrospective on where Winston-Salem has been, how we arrived where we are, and thoughts on where we are going.

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