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Southern Spaces
A journal about real and imagined spaces and places of the US South and their global connections

The Civil Rights Archive

Trenholm State Technical College
Published June 23, 2004


Gwen Patton never imagined herself as an archivist until her grandparents began giving her their memorabilia from the civil rights movement. She then realized the need for a grassroots archive for local students and community members. At Trenholm State Technical College, Patton helped establish the only archive in the US at a two-year community college. Here she discusses the reasons why Trenholm State has this archive, the problems she has overcome to establish the archive, and what the archive has taught her and can teach the community.


Part 2: Dr. Patton explains the layout of Trenholm State's Civil Rights Archive and addresses obstacles she encountered