Cobb County civil rights oral history project culminates with gift to KSU Archives

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Georgia (Jul 28, 2010) —  


Event to mark donation of papers belonging to Marietta’s first black city councilman

KENNESAW, Ga. (July 28, 2010) — Kennesaw State University will celebrate thecompletion of an oral history project conducted by KSU students and the Cobb County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) this Friday, July 30. The event also will celebrate the donation of a collection of the papers of the late Hugh Grogan, Marietta’s first black council member, elected in 1977.

 Under the direction of history professor Tom Scott, KSU students conducted 46 oral history interviews with Cobb County residents who shared their experiences of the days of segregation; sit-ins on the Marietta Square; major court cases; the role of the churches; the integration of schools, hospitals and businesses; and political breakthroughs. Grogan’s papers and bound copies of the interviews will reside at the Sturgis Library.
Signing of the deed of gift and reception to mark completion of oral history project and donation of Grogan’s papers to the KSU Archives
Participants include:
  • Reece Grogan, son of Hugh Grogan, who will sign the deed of gift
  • Cobb County residents who were interviewed for the oral history project
  • Tom Scott, oral historian and KSU history professor, and history students
  •  Deane Bonner, president, Cobb County branch of the NAACP
When and Where:
Friday, July 30, at 2 p.m. in the KSU Athenaeum Gallery in the Sturgis Library, 2nd floor
Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,300 from 142 countries.
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