Waycross, Georgia

Oral Histories

Through oral histories of surviving family members, the Red Hill Cemetery Project seeks to record often-neglected voices before they fall irretrievably silent. We have arranged for two of our faculty who are experienced in conducting oral history interviews to run a half-day workshop with students interested in working on the project. The interviews will be recorded, transcribed and made publicly available as part of a planned digital humanities project.

Due to the UNF COVID-19 ban on travel and the safety of all, we are anticipating that some of these interviews will be available for listening in the Spring of 2023.


Our inaugural oral history interview with with Felicia Bevel interviewing Marti Miller and her mother, Mrs. Nettyemarie McNeil Miller, at the Okefenokee Heritage Center.

Listen to the podcast and view the family photos here.

Felicia Bevel, Nettie Miller and Marti Miller sitting at a table at Okefenokee Heritage Center

Forthcoming Interviews Currently in Production

Felicia Bevel interviewing Mrs. Irma Joyce Myles Howard and her brother, Bishop Avery Myles, at the Okefenokee Heritage Center.

Mrs. Irma Joyce Myles Howard and her brother, Bishop Avery Myles

Felicia Bevel interviewing Mr. William Cooper, at the Okefenokee Heritage Center.

Felicia Bevel and William Cooper

Red Hill Cemetery Project Commissions UNF Student to Compose Music for Oral History Interviews

Headshot of Naijah CoxIn the summer of 2022, the Red Hill Cemetery Project commissioned Naijah Cox to compose an original piece of music to be used for the oral history interviews. Read more about Naijah and listen to her composition here.

How to Research Local Black History
Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 3 – 4 p.m.

A roundtable discussion hosted by Dr. Felicia Bevel of the UNF Department of History with Dr. Yolanda L. Rivers (Okefenokee Black Heritage Committee), Willie Character (Okefenokee Black Heritage Committee), Mitch Hemann (Jacksonville Historical Society) and Kimberlyn Elliott (Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center). Hosted by UNF’s Digital Humanities Institute.