Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Guy G. Olinger, Oscar L. Crawford, September 9, 1983

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Personal background / current conditions of the church

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Partial Transcript: Uh, Reverend Olinger, I'm just wondering, um, about Eastern Kentucky and--first of all, how long have you been here?

Segment Synopsis: Olinger and Crawford discuss their personal background and how they came to be in Hazard, Kentucky. They also speak on the changes they have seen in attendance at church.

Keywords: Baptist churches; Christian; Christianity; Church attendance; Coal industry; Coal mines; Commitment; Eastern Kentucky; Hazard (Ky.); Involvement; Lying; Mining camps; Monroe (Ky.); Rural communities

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American youth; African Americans--Religion; African Americans--Social conditions; African Americans--Social life and customs

00:06:00 - Economic conditions in Hazard

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Partial Transcript: Let me you ask you this.

Segment Synopsis: Olinger and Crawford discuss the economic conditions of Hazard, Kentucky. They especially touch upon the employment of Black people in the local community.

Keywords: Appalachia; Black community; Black teachers; Black youth; Church attendance; Church membership; Coal mining; Equality; Mining camps; Motivation; Older people; Opportunity; Social security benefits

Subjects: African American families; African Americans--Appalachian; African Americans--Economic conditions; African Americans--Employment; African Americans--Social conditions; Appalachian Region; Discrimination in employment; Education, Higher--Kentucky; Social security beneficiaries

00:13:05 - Education in the Black community / old Dr. Watts hymns

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Partial Transcript: Well, let me ask you this too. Do most of the high school students graduate from high school?

Segment Synopsis: Olinger and Crawford discuss education among the Black youth in town. They also describe how the Old Dr. Watts hymns were sung in the church.

Keywords: Appalachia; Christianity; Church services; Education; Gospel; Hazard (Ky.); High school graduates; Hymns; Rejoice; Religious music; Singing

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American singers; African Americans--Education; African Americans--Religion; Christianity; Education, Secondary.

00:19:10 - Feeling in the music

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Partial Transcript: Let me ask you this. What do, what do we feel when we hear Aretha Franklin sing gospel music?

Segment Synopsis: Olinger and Crawford discuss the feeling they get from the older hymns compared to what they do not feel about the modern style of Gospel singing.

Keywords: Church services; Gospel; Lined hymns; Missionary Baptists; Musical performances; Musical styles; Old Dr. Watts; Old Regular Baptists; Religious denominations; Religious music; Religious worship

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American singers; African Americans--Appalachian Region; African Americans--Religion; Old Regular Baptists

00:25:50 - Doctrine of the Missionary Baptists

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Partial Transcript: Now that's, that's what I'm gonna hear Sunday, right?

Segment Synopsis: Olinger and Crawford discuss the doctrine of the Missionary Baptist Church. They also describe the other Black churches in town.

Keywords: Baptist churches; Christian Methodist Church; Church services; Consolidated Baptist Church; Doctrine; Land ownership; Missionary Baptists; Property; Religious denominations; Religious music; Singing; Town Mountain Baptist Church

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African Americans--Religion; Hymns; Music