Have you checked out the A.P. Marshall African American Oral History Archive? This project, launched in 2017, is a collection of interviews by A.P. Marshall of Ypsilanti residents who lived through the Jim Crow era, fought racism during WWII, and led the local Civil Rights movement.
Learn more below about A.P. Marshall and what else you can explore in the archives. You can explore other great YDL databases here.
Who was A.P. Marshall?
Born in 1914, Albert Prince Marshall was a librarian and historian. Marshall moved to Ypsilanti in 1969 from Missouri to teach library science at EMU, direct EMU’s library, and serve as the Dean of Academic Services. After retiring in 1980, Marshall began documenting the histories of Black Ypsilantians through recorded interviews. Those interviews have become the A.P. Marshall African American Oral History Archive.
What you’ll find
The A.P. Marshall African American History Archive has many resources to explore, such as: