The Museum continues to develop the Oral History Project, working to create and preserve a more complete record of the cotton industry through the voices of those involved. These testimonies are an essential component to the Museum experience for children and adults, chronicling the history of cotton – and Memphis – through detailed personal accounts. These histories become part of our permanent archives, ensuring the legacy of this business is never forgotten.
Voices from the Past
Visit our YouTube Channel to listen to the voices of the cotton factors and merchants of Front Street, mill workers and ginners, the porters who worked in the classing rooms on Cotton Row, and cotton farmers and sharecroppers from throughout the Delta.
What’s your story?
We want to hear from you. Through our ongoing Oral History Project, the museum continues to capture these voices and preserve them for posterity—so we can share the unique stories of people who have inhabited the world of cotton. If you or anyone you know would like to participate in the Oral History Project by sharing a personal story, please contact the museum at 901.531.7826.