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Dr. Robert E. Weems, Jr.

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To document how African Americans, in a variety of endeavors, established a commercial presence in Wichita, Dr. Robert E. Weems, Jr., Willard W. Garvey Distinguished Professor of Business History at Wichita State University, conducted the oral histories in the Wichita African American Business History Project.  Collected between 2011 and 2014, more than 25 hours of audio tell of business experiences, accomplishments and history of 32 African Americans from Wichita recognized as entrepreneurs in fields ranging from construction, architecture, mortuary services, publishing, aviation, food services and production to oil drilling and many others. The participants also discuss community life and their own families and backgrounds.

To follow along with audio, downloading transcripts is suggested.

 

 
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