Kentucky Historical Society

The Spirituals: An Oral History Project

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Thirty-nine interviews with scholars, historians, members of the Kentucky based American Spiritual Ensemble, ethno-musicologists, and laypeople concerning the Negro spiritual. These interviews were conducted to create a PBS documentary. The documentary recounts the history from which the spiritual art form arose, the importance of the spirituals to the Civil Rights movement, and goes on the road with The American Spiritual Ensemble as they gallantly try to preserve the vanishing folk songs of the slaves. These interviews delve into Kentucky political history, African American history, local life and culture with a regional and national perspective, and specifically with the civil rights movement during the period 1930-1970. Copyright belongs to Dos Vatos Productions Studios. The Kentucky Oral History Commission has user rights to the interviews. Authorization must by granted by Dos Vatos Productions Studios to use or publish by any means the archival material to which it holds copyright.

Datesort descending Interviewee(s) Interviewer(s)
Tay Seals Eren McGinnis
02/05/2003 Ricky Little Ari Luis Palos
02/05/2003 Alfonse Anderson Ari Luis Palos
02/05/2003 Angela Brown Ari Luis Palos
08/12/2005 American Spiritual Ensemble Press Conference - Everett McCorvey Juan Martin Montalvo
08/13/2005 Ben Smolder, Albert Lee Eren McGinnis
08/14/2005 Andrea Jones Sojola, Alfonse Anderson, Ricky Little Eren McGinnis
08/15/2005 Tedrin Blair Lindsay Eren McGinnis
08/16/2005 Peggy Stamps Eren McGinnis
08/17/2005 Mr. Lyle, Ms. Elaine Wolf Eren McGinnis
08/18/2005 Tay Seals Eren McGinnis
08/18/2005 Claritha Buggs Jacobs, Doris Brown Eren McGinnis
08/20/2005 Dr. Everett McCorvey, Ann Grundy, Chester Grundy Eren McGinnis
01/09/2006 Ricky Little Eren McGinnis
01/10/2006 Everett McCorvey Eren McGinnis
01/12/2006 Jim Skees, Maria Chandler Eren McGinnis
01/12/2006 Everett McCorvey
01/13/2006 Everett McCorvey, Roland Carter Eren McGinnis
01/13/2006 Bart Lovins Eren McGinnis
01/13/2006 Alfonse Anderson Eren McGinnis
01/14/2006 Kevin Thomas Eren McGinnis
01/15/2006 Tedrin Blair Lindsay Eren McGinnis
01/16/2006 Lillian Roberts Ari Luis Palos
01/16/2006 Matthew Campbell Ari Luis Palos
01/17/2006 Gail Robinson Oturru Eren McGinnis
01/20/2006 John Wesley Wright Eren McGinnis
01/21/2006 Evry Whittaker Eren McGinnis
01/21/2006 Thomas Beard Eren McGinnis
01/21/2006 LaToya Lain Eren McGinnis
05/02/2006 Reavis Mitchell Eren McGinnis
05/02/2006 Paul Kwami Eren McGinnis
05/03/2006 Uzee Brown Eren McGinnis
05/05/2006 William James Isem, Bobby Jackson Eren McGinnis
05/05/2006 Joe Berry, Walter Blake, Justice Jackson, Ronnie Ware Eren McGinnis
05/07/2006 Carlitha Sullivan Eren McGinnis
05/09/2006 Everett McCorvey Eren McGinnis
05/09/2006 Ann Grundy Eren McGinnis
05/11/2006 Jerry Gore Eren McGinnis