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2016 Dec. 2

Adams, Magdalene

Magdalene Adams: interview with Judith Monachina

Pittsfield, Mass. - Interview with Churchill Cotton of the Berkshire Chapter, NAACP. Magdalene (Maggie) born in Dadeville, Alabama, Dec. 2, 1931, raised in Dadeville, while in high school began to visit Great Barrington, Mass., on school trip with her teacher. She moved to Pittsfield, Mass., after her third year of college (AAMU, Normal, Alabama), often sending money back to the family. Sh... more

Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center (Berkshire Community College) Collection

2017 Nov. 21

Edgerton, Shirley

Shirley Edgerton: interview with Judith Monachina

Pittsfield, Mass. - Shirley Edgerton talks about growing up in Hemingway, South Carolina, Mt. Vernon, NY, South Bronx and North Bronx, NY. Extended family was essential to her childhood, as was the Methodist in Mt. Vernon, NY, where she found mentors who guided, took care of her and modelled a mentoring role that she would follow through her adult life. Shirley attended Herbert Lehman Coll... more

Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center (Berkshire Community College) Collection

2018 May 15

Pratt, Evelyn

Evelyn Pratt: interview with Judith Monachina

Pittsfield, Mass. - Interview with Evelyn Pratt, born in Columbus, Ohio, Evelyn Judy Gammon, in 1948, talks about living on Grant Ave., where her father bought a house and dug out his own basement. Her mother died when she was young, and eventually Evelyn had a major role in the upkeep her the house and family. The children walked to Weinland Park Elementary school. Though she wanted to go... more

Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center (Berkshire Community College) Collection

2018 Jan. 30

Pratt, Charles, Rev.

Charles Pratt: interview with Judith Monachina

Pittsfield, Mass. - Interview with Rev. Charles Pratt, pastor of Victory Church of God in Christ in Pittsfield, Mass. Rev. Pratt was born in Columbus, Ohio. His father was a Tuskegee Airman, and as a child Charles lived in the Azores and other places. Charles loved music in school, and really began to like school in college, Ohio State University, where he has a scholarship and studied psy... more

Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center (Berkshire Community College) Collection

2017 June 8

Gunn, Wray

Wray Gunn: interview with Judith Monachina

Great Barrington, Mass. - Wray Gunn, longtime resident of Sheffield, Mass., Chemist, Director of Quality Control for Nelco Metals, later part of Pfizer, was born in Atlanta and lived part of his childhood in various places in the South. He talks about segregation, moving North, living in Lee and Stockbridge, Mass., attending UMass, being invited to play with the St. Louis Browns, but going to co... more

Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center (Berkshire Community College) Collection

2017 Aug. 10

Cotton, Churchill

Churchill Cotton: interview with Judith Monachina

Pittsfield (Mass.) - Interview with Churchill Cotton of the Berkshire Chapter, NAACP. Cotton was born in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1950, and shortly after moved to Chicago, where he lived until the age of 10. His father became an AME minister there, and most of the family life was centered on the church. When he was age 10, they moved to Galesburg, Illinois, then when he was 15, back to Chicago. CC talks ... more

Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center (Berkshire Community College) Collection

2017 Apr. 13

Powell, Dennis

Dennis Powell: interview with Judith Monachina

Pittsfield, Mass. - Dennis Powell, born in Pittsfield Mass, 1945, discusses the West Side of Pittsfield, business and residential streets there, that were later destroyed by urban renewal projects. He lived with half siblings, mother, grandparents; talks about men, mentors in the neighborhood, especially Saint Clair Gunn. After graduating Pittsfield High School, enlisted in Army, Fort Dix,... more

Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center (Berkshire Community College) Collection