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Oral History Interview with Claude Frost, June 11, 2016

Description: Claude Frost was born in Houston and lived in Clinton Park, a neighborhood near Houston's Ship Channel. He recall's his experiences growing up in the area, and how an instance of police brutality (the killing of his neighbor) sparked his activism. Furthermore, he discusses the role of the Peoples Party II in the community, the Dowling Street Shootout in detail, and the aftermath of Carl Hampton's death. Mr. Frost also discusses how the Black Panther Party was established in Houston and how his work through the BPP influenced his adult life.
Date: June 11, 2016
Creator: Enriquez, Sandra; Rodriguez, Samantha & Frost, Claude
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Elisha Demerson, June 11, 2016

Description: Elisha Demerson was born and raised in Amarillo. Elisha Demerson and his twin brother both received appointments to West Point, but returned to Amarillo after two years to be near their ill mother. Elisha Demerson first worked at Pantex as a yard worker but entered West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M University) where he gained a bachelors then a masters in engineering. He has his own congregation as a minister. In addition, Elisha Demerson became the first African American Potter County Commissioner, the first African American county judge in Texas in the late 1980s, and the first African American City Council Member.
Date: June 11, 2016
Creator: Demerson, Elisha; Wisely, Karen & Zapata, Joel
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library