Historic Fulton Oral History Project

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Historic Fulton Oral History Project

The purpose of the Historic Fulton Oral History Project is to educate, to raise awareness, and to gain an understanding of life in the Historic Fulton community, located in the East End of Richmond, Virginia. Its need comes from a commitment to preserve the 20th century history of the neighborhood and its residents. This was accomplished through the compilation of the oral histories of Historic Fulton residents, particularly those with strong ties to the Historic Fulton community prior to the City of Richmond's 1970s urban renewal plan.

The Historic Fulton Oral History collection contains 17 interviews with 32 named interviewee participants. The interviewees are teachers, activists, clergy, and community leaders who grew up in the predominantly African-American Historic Fulton community in the 1930s through 1950s.

The interviewees were also witness to the City of Richmond's 1970s urban renewal plan that permanently changed the landscape of Historic Fulton. These interviews present the unique perspectives of those who were Historic Fulton residents by allowing the community to speak for and about themselves. With the Greater Historic Fulton area undergoing continued change and development in the 21st century, understanding Historic Fulton's past is an invaluable resource for the neighborhood's future.

The project was developed in 2011 in partnership among the Virginia Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), The Valentine, the Neighborhood Resource Center of Greater Fulton, and the Greater Fulton Future Legacy Work Team. Physical copies of audio recordings and written transcriptions were distributed to a variety of local institutions to ensure that the oral histories may be accessed widely. Contact information for institutions where physical recordings and transcripts are available for on-site research and use can be found below.

Through a partnership with VCU Libraries, the Historic Fulton Oral History Project is now available online as a streaming digital collection:

Physical copies of the Historic Fulton Oral History Project are also accessible at the following institutions: 

Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia
00 W. Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 780-9093 

Boatwright Memorial Library
University of Richmond
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173
(804) 289-8876 

James Branch Cabell Library|
Special Collections and Archives
Virginia Commonwealth University
901 Park Avenue
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
(804) 828-1108 

L. Douglas Wilder Library & Learning Resource Center
Virginia Union University
1500 N. Lombardy Street
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 257-5820 

Library of Virginia
800 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 692-3500 

Mount Calvary Baptist Church
4401 Hobbs Lane
Richmond, VA 23231\
(804) 236-0557 

Neighborhood Resource Center
1519 Williamsburg Road
Richmond, VA 23231
(804) 864-5797 

Richmond Public Library (Main Branch)
101 E. Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 646-7223 

The Valentine*
1015 E. Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 649-0711 

*Sole institution holding the oral history of Spencer E. Jones III

Virginia Historical Society
428 N. Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23221-0311
(804) 358-4901