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Left to right: Guy Johnson and Jacquelyn Dowd Hall on a couch and Guion Johnson on a chair in a living room. In black and white.

The Southern Oral History Program, part of the Center for the Study of the American South, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The founding director of the program is Jacquelyn Dowd Hall (center), the Julia Cherry Spruill Professor Emerita of History. In this photo, taken in 1974, Hall is interviewing pioneering regional sociologists Guy and Guion Johnson. Hall was awarded a National Humanities Medal in 1999 for her efforts to deepen the nation’s engagement with the humanities by “recording history through the lives of ordinary people.”


Published in the Spring 2023 issue | The Scoop

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