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African American History Internship Project

Dunbar School, Shared Memories of a Special Past
Spring Semester, 1988

The advisory committee to the African American History Internship Project (AAHIP) chose as its theme: "Black education in Arizona with a particular focus on Dunbar School (an all Black institution that existed between 1913 and 1952). The goal was to enroll four African American students in the Internship project, train them in the techniques of oral history research and photograph collection, and have each student conduct, record, and transcribe one interview with a significant African American living in Tucson.

[Note: a photographic exhibit complementing this report is also available]

While the project was unable to maintain four students throughout the semester, with one student, Baiza Muhammad, and one peer assistant, Annie Sykes, the project surpassed its goals in interviews and photograph collection. Five interviews were carried out and some 20 valuable photographs were collected and will be preserved by the Arizona Historical Society.

Baiza, an honor student, went far beyond the requirements of the internship project. She did the work of two students: collected photographs, aided in searching out newspaper articles on Dunbar School and in the preparation of the AAHIP Juneteenth display. A sample of her work is reflected in the interviews with Willie Ernestine Hall-Fears and Attorney Rubin Salter, Jr.

Annie, the peer assistant, also did an outstanding job: in addition to her three interviews with Mr. Harry Warrior, Mrs. Elgie Batteau, and Mrs. Irene George, she provided photograph collection sources; compiled a "Dunbar History Bibliography," a list of community contacts, some of whom were interviewed for this project; and carried out clerical and promotional responsibilities.

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