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This interview was conducted on March 14, 2003 during a course taught by Dr. Pam Muirhead. Several unnamed students are present during the interview in The Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois.

A transcript is available for download above and to the right.

The video was professionally reformatted from a VHS tape which was inaudible for the first 10 minutes. All but the first part (00:2:15) have been restored. The original VHS and preservation copies of the digital format are held in Tate Archives & Special Collections of The Ames Library. Other copies held locally are with the collection for the Bloomington-Normal Black History Project at the McLean County Museum of History, Bloomington, Illinois.


Paul Bushnell recalls his experiences as part of the Nashville, TN civil rights protests of the 1960s. He also shares his thoughts on race in the context of American society at the time and how he began courses on African American History at IWU in 1966/67.

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