John Gardner, Interview by Olivia Williams, 24 April 2021

Title

John Gardner, Interview by Olivia Williams, 24 April 2021

Description

John Gardner was born in Hilton Head, SC (South Carolina), and raised in a tight-knit Black community in Beaufort, SC. In this interview, Gardner recalls his early years when his father owned a grocery store, and his mother was a schoolteacher and were both active community members. As a teenager, Gardner participated in seminars and training sessions at the Penn Center. Later he attended an NAACP Youth Council Seminar where he met Vernon Jordan. Gardner moved to Atlanta, Georgia to attend Morehouse College, where he continued his involvement with the civil rights movement. He graduated in 1968 and went to work in corporate America. In the interview, he reflects on his experiences and the value of history lessons in the present days. Gardner was a historical interpreter at McLeod Plantation and Historic Site on James Island in Charleston, South Carolina.

Source

Grassroots Politics and Protest in Contemporary Charleston

Publisher

The Citadel Archives & Museum

Date

Rights

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Format

application/pdf

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1990

Coverage

Charleston (S.C.)

Interviewer

Williams, Olivia

Interviewee

Gardner, John

Location

Charleston, South Carolina

Original Format

Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software. Archival masters are WAV files.

Duration

32 minutes

Collection

Citation

The Charleston Oral History Program at the Citadel, “John Gardner, Interview by Olivia Williams, 24 April 2021,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed January 31, 2023, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1990.