Marygrove College to Debut Oral History Collection of Blacks Who Moved to Detroit to Escape Jim Crow

Early next month Marygrove College in Detroit will debut its John Novak Digital Interview Collection. The online collection will include an oral history detailing the stories of African Americans who moved to Detroit to avoid Jim Crow discrimination in the South. The stories were collected over a two-year period by students under the direction of Dena Scher, a professor of psychology at the college.

The collection is named after John Novak, the former provost at the college.   Marygrove College has about 3,600 students, nearly two thirds of whom are African Americans.