Goin’ North: Stories From the First Great Migration to Philadelphia

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Goin’ North is a collaboration between the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History and the students and faculty of West Chester University featuring Nunn Center interviews documenting the Great Migration north to Philadelphia. Between the First World War and early 1970s more than six and a half million African Americans fled the American South for northern and then western cities in a great mass exodus that transformed America and helped lay the ground work for the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. 

In fall 2014, professors Janneken Smucker and Charles Hardy taught courses that engaged their students with the Nunn Center’s Goin’ North: Tales of the Great Migration Oral History Project conducted by Hardy in the 1980s. Over the course of each semester, students worked closely with the Nunn Center’s oral history interviews resulting in a student-created digital archive of over 30 indexed oral history interviews and more than 400 images, newspaper articles, and other sources from national and regional collections. Click on the image above to access Goin’ North: Stories form the First Great Migration to Philadelphia.