The long-awaited Black Belt Oral History Reception was held in Land Hall this Tuesday, Feb. 25. As planned, the oral history website was explained and demonstrated to a full crowd, mostly comprised of elderly interviewees whom the project initially focused on.

The oral history project is an ongoing effort to document the various perspectives and walks of life within the historical Black Belt region. The project aims to use many voices to give the most complete picture of The Black Belt through and beyond the twentieth century.

With the introduction of the website, the Center for the Study of the Black Belt hoped the project will gain new legs and reach a larger group of researchers studying the Southeast.

The project’s third and current interviewer Vanessa Ricaurte said, “It was great getting the online archive launched because now it means everyone can enjoy and learn from the interviews–not just me anymore.”

Check out the interviews at

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