Oral History Interviews


Oral History Interviews


Interviewed subjects share their experiences as being Black and Catholic, or serving the Black Catholic community, in South Georgia.


December 1, 2020


Reserved to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah



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Interview with Gwendolyn Stroud Booker, July 24, 2019, St. Peter Claver Church, Macon, GA
Gwendolyn Stroud Booker discusses her years as a child at St. Peter Claver School, converting to Catholicism, and experiences with segregation.

Gwendolyn Stroud Booker, 75, was born in 1944 to Jesse and Otelia Stroud, who were Baptist. Gwendolyn…

Interview with Alice Marcella Bailey, July 24, 2019, St. Peter Claver Church, Macon, GA
Alice Marcella Bailey, 77, was born in Macon, Georgia to Hattie Lorene Costella Oliver Bailey (d. 1962) and Horace Bailey (d. 1965), the middle of three children. She attended St. Peter Claver Catholic School and [Old] Ballard High School (later…

Interview with Carol Redding Cummings, July 24, 2019, St. Peter Claver Church, Macon, GA
Carol Redding Cummings tells of her Christian faith through the family. Her mother was a faithful member at St. Peter Claver for over 85 years. Barbara was baptized at SPC in 1934 and also sang in the choir 70 years.

Carol Redding Cummings, 85,…

Interview with Barbara Clowers, September 12, 2019, Catholic Pastoral Center, Savannah, GA
Barbara Clowers shares her experiences as a teacher at St. Peter Claver School. She also witnessed the racial integration of the parishes in Macon, and served as the Chair of the SPC Evangelist Mission which had a great impact on the community and…

Interview with Monroe Abram, July 24, 2019, St. Peter Claver Church, Macon, GA
Monroe Abram, born in 1933, discusses some of the changes he has seen in St. Peter Claver Parish, as well as some of the priests and parishioners he knew.

Monroe Abram, 88, was born in Macon, GA to Helen and Monroe Abram, one of three children,…
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