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Oral his-story is research that seeks to preserve the memories of individuals who shaped or participated in the events of the past. Through informed and empathetic interviewing, the oral historian creates information about the famous and the obscure, about events in daily life and those of international consequence. Research provided by the SAAACAM Grant Partner, the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina and the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
Following Emancipation, a diverse mix of Black music traditions flourished in all parts of San Antonio and Bexar County. These spiritual and secular forms of cultural performance evolved in relation to histories of slavery, diaspora, acculturation, enculturation, and the segregated mediums of public consumption in the city. Through persistence and adaptation, local Black musicians laid the foundation for a thriving jazz and blues scene and the mainstream acceptance of Black music by the 1930s. Pictured: Barn Dance at the Keyhole Club, Don Albert and Ernestine Allen, 1940 Source: UTSA Special Collections Research by Marc Molina Doctoral Student Department of History University of Texas at El Paso Sources: Molina (2019); Mason (1995); Sobre (2003); Oliver and McCormick (2019); Institute of Texas Cultures Oral History Collection; San Antonio Express News Historical Archive; Discography of American Historical Recordings at University of California-Santa Barbara
America's favorite pastime brought people together even during a time of segregation. Although the Black baseball players did not play on the same teams, they often played non-black teams. This exhibit celebrates the legacy of the contribution of the gentlemen that persevered through segregation as they entertained people of all colors. This exhibit is made possible through a partnership with the Texas Kidney Foundation, the San Antonio Missions Baseball Team, the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures and SAACAM. Additional research provided by Edwin Ocasio-Lopez, Student, Texas A & M San Antonio.