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[MD] CHARLES COUNTY, MD Black Residents Record Memories
Black Residents Record Memories
Students' Project Focuses on S.Md.
By Megan Greenwell
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 4, 2008; Page B04
When the high school juniors and seniors in Laura Kick's class began talking four months ago about African American life in Southern Maryland, most did not imagine they would go on to develop one of the most comprehensive oral history projects of black life in the region.
The students at Henry E. Lackey High School in Indian Head have interviewed several of the region's oldest black residents and are creating an hour-long DVD that will be aired during Charles County's 350th anniversary celebration this summer. The DVD will also be shown to younger generations of students.
Yesterday, students in Kick's "Teaching as a Profession" class interviewed their most recent subject: 104-year-old William Butler, the county's oldest known living black resident. They asked him about his work and learned he was a sharecropper for 40 years. They asked about his family and heard about his wife of 77 years, who died in 2005, and his seven children. They asked what the county used to be like and were told to imagine the fast-growing suburb as the home of tobacco fields and cattle.
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