The Juneteenth National Independence Day and a Step Into History with a 1949 Interview with a Man who was Once Held in Slavery

Jun 19, 2023 at 02:08 pm by WGNS News


During the first half of the program, CBS news highlights June 19th, known as JuneTeenth - and WGNS' Scott Walker spoke to Vonchelle Stembridge about the historic Bradley Academy in Murfreesboro, the first African American School in Rutherford County.


On the second portion of today's show, WGNS headed to the National Library of Congress. There, we listened to one of several interviews with a man who was once a slave. In 1949, Mr. Fountain Hughes talked to Hermond Norwood about life as a slave, followed by life as a free man in the 20th Century.

You can listen to the original 1949 interview with Mr. Fountain Hughes and more online from the Library of Congress HERE.