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Ethel Edwards

In Oral History Interviews, People's AME Zion Church on March 20, 2011 at 11:30 am

Ethel Edwards was born and raised in Syracuse, New York.  Here she is being interviewed by the Committee to Save 711 East Fayette Street.  711 East Fayette is the location of the old building of People’s AME Zion Church in Syracuse.

See I got baptized at Bethany Baptist, they had a pool right underneath the pulpit like we have one here, too.  All they had to do was just change my memory chip from one church to the other.  So I didn’t have to get baptized here.

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People’s AME Zion Church: Ann Tussing remembers Reverend Proctor

In Oral History Interviews, People's AME Zion Church on February 23, 2011 at 10:22 am

Ann Tussing is the wife of Dale Tussing, former Professor of Economics at Syracuse University.  They are Quakers and participated in the civil rights movements in Syracuse in the 1960s.  Both were active in CORE, the Congress Of Racial Equality,  an organization that was considered radical at the time for its activities.  CORE had been meeting at Grace Episcopal Church until the church got a fire bomb threat for allowing CORE to meet there.  Reverend Proctor of People’s AME Zion Church opened his church to CORE and invited them to meet at People’s.

People’s AME Zion Church: Ann Tussing singing Union / Civil Rights songs

In Oral History Interviews, People's AME Zion Church on February 23, 2011 at 10:18 am

Ann Tussing is the wife of Dale Tussing, former Professor of Economics at Syracuse  University.  Both were active members of CORE, Congress Of Racial Equality, and participated in the civil rights movement of the 1960s in Syracuse.   Among other CORE activities, they organized a march on Syracuse’s City Hall to protest the destruction of the 15th Ward, a dominantly African-American and Jewish community.