Fla. African Americans stories being archived in Library of Congress

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Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:46 am

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Making sure that stories are preserved for generations to come is not only important, it's vital to maintaining our history.

Thanks to the History Makers, the nation's largest African American video oral history archive, several Big Bend residents were able to make sure that their life experiences will never be forgotten.

VIDEO LEFT: Julieanna Richardson, founder and executive director of the History Makers joined us over the phone this morning on Sunrise to talk about the project and the individuals interviewed in our area.

The History Makers have collected over 2000 interviews about African American life, history, culture, and the struggles and achievements of the black experience.

One name you might recognize is that of Julian E. White, the former Director for FAMU's 'Marching 100' and Chairman of the Department of Music at FAMU.

You can view White's interview amongst many others other by going to the History Makers' website.

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