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African American archive 'History Makers' moves to Library of Congress

SOURCE: MGN Online SOURCE: MGN Online
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

A well-known history archive has announced that the Library of Congress will soon be it's permanent repository, effective immediately.

The History Makers, which is the nations largest African American video oral history archive, houses a collection of thousands of hours of interviews capturing African American Life, history and culture as well as the struggles and achievements of the black experience. Those interviewed are African Americans who are high achievers in their fields.

"The HistoryMakers' archive provides invaluable first-person accounts of both well-known and unsung African Americans, detailing their hopes, dreams and accomplishments - often in the face of adversity. This culturally important collection is a rich and diverse resource for scholars, teachers, students and documentaries seeking a more complete record of our nation's history and its people."James H. Billington with the Library of Congress says. 

The 2600 videotaped interviews with appearances from those like President Barack Obama, Ernie Banks, and Earl Graves are currently housed in the Library's Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation, a state of the art facility located in Culpeper, Virginia.

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