Winnie B. Williams was the oldest school teacher in Warrenton in 1933 when she came up with the idea for a needed reading room with a lavatory for teachers. In plain language, a rest room!
From that idea, there were meetings and fund raising and The Warren County Community Center Association was born with a 15 member board of trusettes - all men! This organization had its legal birth on August 24, 1934 when its charter was signed by the Secretary of State of North Carolina.
She died at the age of 102 on August 7, 1959, outliving her husband, three sons and two daughters!
The Warren County Environmental Action Team, The Warren County Community Center and UNC’s Southern Oral History Program cordially invite you to “Documenting Our Stories,” an introduction to oral history workshop. This workshop is part of broader programming leading up to September 2022’s 40th Anniversary Commemoration: Birth of the Environmental Justice Movement.
This two-hour workshop covers the basics of oral history: the whys, whats and hows for recording first person interviews in an historical context. Workshop participants will learn about oral history, best practices, interviewing tips and strategies, and next steps.
The Southern Oral History Program will facilitate this workshop and is open to any community members interested in conducting oral history interviews about the PCB protests and the legacies of environmental justice in Warren County. This workshop serves the broader purpose of Warren County residents documenting their unique, resilient history, and reclaiming ownership over the narrative surrounding environmental racism.
When: Friday, April 22, 2022, from 4 PM to 6 PM
Where: Warren County Community Center, 111 W Franklin Street, Warrenton, N.C.
What we plan: Participants will be introduced to oral history interviewing and will develop an interviewing guide with a specific focus on the PCB protests of 1982 and subsequent environmental justice efforts.
Please pre-register https://forms.office.
Please share with friends and family. Refreshments will be served. Masks are required.
The mission of The Warren County Community Center is to enhance the cultural, social, historical, educational and political needs and experience of the people of Warren County.