Oral History Interview with Louise Mouzon

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Oral History Interview with Louise Mouzon
Interview with Louise Mouzon by Edmund L. Drago and Eugene C. Hunt, November 20, 1980, AMN 500.001.008, in the Avery Normal Institute Oral History Project, of the Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston
Avery Research Center Oral Histories
Contributing Institution:
Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Avery Normal Institute--History, Burke High School (Charleston, S.C.)--History, Charleston (S.C.)--Race relations, Miller, Thomas E., 1849-1938, Mouzon, H. Louise
Topical Subject:
African American teachers--South Carolina--Charleston--History--20th century, African Americans--Education--South Carolina--Charleston--History, African Americans--Race identity--South Carolina--Charleston, African Americans--South Carolina--Interviews, Gullahs--EducationSea Islands Creole dialect, Segregation--South Carolina--Charleston--History--20th century, Segregation in education--South Carolina--History
Geographic Subject:
Charleston (S.C)
In this interview, H. Louise Mouzon speaks of her family history, including her fathers numerous professions as a shoemaker, a carpenter, and a Methodist minister at several Charleston, South Carolina area churches. She also mentions her mothers career as a teacher and her mothers family background, including their history with Avery. Mouzon describes at length her time at Avery, class of 1914, a period of transition when Avery faculty were changing from all white to all back. She includes several reminisces of white and black faculty, particularly under Principal Stevens, and mentions several faculty by name. Mouzon was a graduate of the normal school, and discusses efforts by Congressman Thomas E. Miller to include black teachers in the public school system. After discussing Avery graduation, she includes her own experiences as a school teacher, moving between Latte, Marion, and later Charleston. During the interview, Mouzon makes note of several social conditions within Charleston, speaking of streetcar segregation, the presence of colorism among teachers and students at Avery, the participation of Gullah island students within schools, jealousy from the black community against Avery, and the differences between Burke Public School and Avery.
Shelving Locator:
AMN 500.001.008
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
Digitization Specifications:
Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software.
Copyright Status Statement:
Digital resource copyright 2010, Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston Libraries. All rights reserved. For more information contact the Avery Research Center, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 29424.