Collage of photos from 1969 Strike

Waring Library collecting oral histories on the Charleston Hospital Workers Strike of 1969

March 16, 2020
Hospital workers strike protesters
The Charleston Hospital Workers Strike of 1969, a major moment in the Civil Rights Movement.

Were you there? Tell us your story

Established in 2008, the Waring Historical Library's oral history program captures the history of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in the words of employees and alumni who witnessed or participated in that history. The interviews consist of relevant memories concerning the evolution of the institution, the development, growth and changes in educational, clinical, and research programs, the contributions of women and minorities, as well as MUSC's impact on local, state, and national events. The oral history program is ongoing and seeks to capture diverse perspectives on MUSC's contributions to health care, research, and education.

The Waring Library at MUSC is currently collecting oral histories from nurses who were working in the hospital or were students during the Hospital Workers Strike of 1969. If you were a student in the MUSC College of Nursing between 1966 and 1969 and would like to participate, please contact Waring Library at 843-792-2288 or waringhl@musc.edu. Either Brooke Fox, MSLS, CA, university archivist or Carole Bennett, Ph.D., R.N., nursing history researcher, will be conducting the interviews.

These interviews will be conducted by phone, so no travel is involved. If you have a story to tell or want to describe memories of those tumultuous times, please lend your voice to this project. 

Interviews are recorded and then transcribed as closely as possible to the words of the speakers. Each interviewee will be given a chance to review the transcript and make minor edits for clarification. Both the recordings and the transcripts will be housed in the MUSC University Archives.

Keywords: Spring 2020