Rondo Oral History Project: Interview with Melvin T. Henderson

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Titles Rondo Oral History Project: Interview with Melvin T. Henderson
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Mel Henderson grew up in the Rondo neighborhood. His father worked as Pullman porter and his grandparents had a farm in Hugo, Minnesota. It was a tightly knit community and the police beat officer looked after the neighborhood children. He became a star athlete at Central High School and went on to attend the University of Minnesota on an athletic scholarship. He retired after serving as Dean at the Metropolitan State University. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Memories of growing up in the Rondo community; learning to be a strong athlete; influence of The Emeralds, a rock-and-roll singing group, after junior high school; significance of his church, St. James AME Methodist Church, and its music in his life.
Quantity 1 sound cassette
62 pages transcript
2 audio files
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 01:11:58 running time
Creation Interviewer: Cavett, Kate
Interviewer: Zielinski, Kimberly K.
Interviewee: Henderson, Melvin T.
Made in: Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 06/11/2003
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 110.16 (Library Call Number)
AV2007.22.16 (Accession Number)
More Info Collection Finding Aid
MNHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Rondo Oral History Project'


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