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Object Name Recording
Title Conversations to Create Unity: Michael Joplin's Interview
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Object ID S2015.02.06
Collection Conversations to Create Unity Collection
Date 03/27/2015
Narrator's name Joplin, Michael
Interviewer Reyes, Rupert
Interview date 2015-03-27
Interview place Susanna Dickinson Museum
Scope & Content Michael Joplin recounts his formative years in north and south Austin, Texas. He talks about his experiences working in construction with his uncle and his Hispanic employees. Michael also discusses gentrification and changing demographics in east Austin, where he lives now, and his experiences working with children of color through Creative Action and Totally Cool Totally Art.

This interview is part of an oral history project, Conversations to Create Unity, conducted by the Susanna Dickinson Museum and funded by Baylor University's Institute of Oral History. The project features fifteen oral histories from a diverse group of lifelong Austinites. Their interviews communicate race relations as a shared human experience and present a productive dialog about race in Austin, Texas.
Extent of Description 2 WAV files (total 182.1 MB)
Language of Material English
Subjects Austin (Tex.)
City planning
First-generation college students
Immigrant workers
Police-community relations
Property tax
Socioeconomic status
Working class
Search Terms Austin (Tex.) Police Department
Cedar Street (Austin, Tex.)
Chicon Street
Creative Action (Austin, Tex.)
East 12th Street (Austin, Tex.)
East Oltorf Street (Austin, Tex.)
South Austin Park and Recreation Center (Austin, Tex.)
Totally Cool Totally Art (Austin, Tex.)
Wickshire Lane (Austin, Tex.)