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Interview with Renee Denise Fanuiel Blackwell '77, 2020 October 08

Identifier: OHI-0278

Scope and Contents

The following is an interview conducted by Davidson College students, Ross Hickman, McNeill Franklin, and Madeline Chanfrau, and narrated by Renee Denise Fanuiel Blackwell. Denise Blackwell was the first Black woman to graduate from the college in 1977. She graduated with a degree in Psychology. In the transcription, Ross, McNeill and Madeline pose questions to Blackwell about her experience as a student at Davidson. Blackwell details her involvement in ROTC (she was the first female student to join at Davidson), the French and Psychology departments, and theatre productions. The interview was conducted on October 8, 2020 at Davidson College. Ross, McNeill, and Madeline conducted their interviews from the Davidson College campus. Denise Blackwell was located in Warrenton, Virginia. The interview was conducted virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While the interview was remote, much was learned from Mrs. Blackwell about her Davidson experience. The interview was conducted as part of an Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) grant-funded course led by Dr. Rose Stremlau.


  • Creation: 2020 October 08


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This interview is open for research.

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1 Digital (Sound recordings) (M4A)

1 Transcripts (Digital) (PDF)

1 Digital (Moving image) (MP4)