Mossville Oral History Project available online

MossvilleThe Mossville Oral History Project collection, a series of interviews which documented the history of Mossville, Louisiana, is now complete and available online. More than 75 interviews may be watched or heard, in which 58 people shared stories on their experience in the Mossville, discussing family histories, upbringings, and more. The African-American community, located in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, has received much attention over the years regarding civil rights and environmental justice changes. With the future of Mossville being uncertain, interviews were conducted over a two-year period to document and preserve the city’s historic role. The residents today are descendants of families who settled in Shoat’s Prairie, which was later named Mossville after James Moss, a descendent of original settlers. Many of the residents have relocated due to industrialization and buy-outs.

To fund the project, the LSU Libraries T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History received a grant of more than $217,000 from the Imperial Calcasieu Museum as part of a larger grant from the Sasol energy and chemicals company. A set of transcriptions, photos, and videos will also be made available to the public at the Imperial Calcasieu Museum, the McNeese State University Archives, and the Louisiana Digital Library.

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