Oral History of John Wright, interviewed by Timothy S. Pierre, 14 April 2021

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Title

Oral History of John Wright, interviewed by Timothy S. Pierre, 14 April 2021

Description

John Wright grew up in Mt Pleasant, South Carolina. His family roots are in two African American settlement communities, Philips and Hamlin. At seventeen, he joined the US Army, and after retirement in 2013, he returned home. He reflects on coming back to a dramatically changed area and understanding the benefits and challenges development has brought to the Black communities in the area. He states that the lack of fair representation for the black communities prompted him to organize an effort to advocate single-member voting districts for the town government. Wright takes pride in demanding a change in the language to name the black communities as settlement communities. He is one of the founder members and current president of the African American Settlement Communities Historic Commission. The commission, active since 2015, comprises seven communities represented by their respective presidents. Local, state, and federal agencies frequently consult and collaborate with the commission. Wright affirms his tenure’s brainchild is the preservation and relocation of a school built in 1904, the Long Point Road School House.

Publisher

The Citadel Archives and Museum

Date

Rights

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Format

application/pdf

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1684

Coverage

Charleston (S. C.)

Interviewer

Timothy S. Pierre

Interviewee

John Wright

Location

Charleston, South Carolina via Zoom

Duration

51 minutes

Collection

Citation

The Charleston Oral History Program at the Citadel, “Oral History of John Wright, interviewed by Timothy S. Pierre, 14 April 2021,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed November 29, 2021, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1684.