The African American History Project (AAHP)

SPOHP AAHP LogoThe African American History Project (AAHP) is an archive of over 600+ oral history interviews conducted with African Americans throughout Alachua County, wider Florida, and the American South. 

The collection includes memories of many facets of Black life in Florida, and is the one of the largest public African American history collections anywhere. 


Archival Collections

  • Oral history interviews for the African American History Project are currently undergoing processing but 500 transcripts will be on UF Digital Collections by the end of 2018. Interview audio is available to access through the UFDC, and the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program offices. Please contact us for more information.
  • Digital media resources, including podcasts, educational booklets, and other materials, are now online!

Ongoing Research

The African American History Project is committed to collecting and archiving narratives of the African American life and history in Florida, developing meaningful relationships with community partners, stimulating ongoing discussions on the value of history as revealed through narrative storytelling.

Research topics include life under Jim Crow, highlighting institution building, alternative educational techniques, food security, community-­based healthcare, support and service organizations, displacement and dispossession, labor, armed self-­defense, and tactics of resistance; Civil Rights activism, voter registration, the Tallahassee Bus Boycott movement, the 1964 St. Augustine movement, Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and more.

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African American History Project Events and Research News

SPOHP-ed Written by Mississippi Freedom Trip Researchers Published in the Gainesville Sun

Aug 8th, 2017

Marcela Murillo and Chad Chavira participated in our 10th Annual Mississippi Freedom Project trip last month. Check out their op-ed, “Effects of Till’s Murder Still Felt Today,” through which they… Read More

SPOHP Sponsoring the Jacob Lawrence Workshop

Jun 7th, 2017

SPOHP is sponsoring a Jacob Lawrence workshop at the Harn Museum June 24th at 12:30PM, featuring a discussion of Jacob Lawrence’s life and work, and upcoming exhibition, “History, Labor, Life: The… Read More

The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program’s Summer 2017 Newsletter

May 18th, 2017

50 Years of Collaboration “From participating in interviews, to engaging with the collection, to attending SPOHP’s events, the public is the lifeforce behind SPOHP’s past, present, and future.” -Dr. Paul Ortiz… Read More

Spring 2017 Internship Class Podcasts: Civic Engagement

Spring 2017 Internship Class Podcasts: Civic Engagement

May 10th, 2017

With the help of coordinators Raja Rahim and Ryan Thompson, the Spring 2017 interns produced podcasts about Civic Engagement at the University of Florida. University of Florida Digital Collections Archive… Read More

Safe Spaces: Episode 2 – “Friends with Weapons”

Apr 24th, 2017

http://ufdcimages.uflib.ufl.edu/AA/00/05/48/49/00001/Safe%20Spaces%20OHFC.mp3   This episode of the Safe Spaces series focuses on an African American armed defense organization that protected Civil Rights Movement demonstrators in Ocala, Florida in the 1960s. Challenging… Read More

aahp1Contact African American History Project Coordinators

African American History Project Coordinators include UF alumni and current graduate students in History, Anthropology, and English organizing interviews, scheduling research trips, and processing collections.

Funding and Research Sponsorship

The Alachua County African American History Project is funded by the UF Office of the Provost and builds on the pioneering oral history work of Joel Buchanan, who conducted original interviews with community leaders in the Fifth Avenue area of Gainesville in the 1980s.

For additional information, contact SPOHP, call the offices at (352) 392-7168, and connect with us online today. Banner images from State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/58154931154922132524.