Washington University Film & Media Archive staff have been hard at work on the Eyes on the Prize Digitization and Reassembly Project made possible by a National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) Grant.
More than 80 interviews from Eyes on the Prize have been digitized by Washington University Libraries’ digital archivist, Jim Hone, including conversations with Coretta Scott King, Diane Nash, Rep. John Lewis, who recently spoke at Washington University’s commencement, and former Alabama governor George Wallace.
In addition to these well-known names the team working on the NHPRC grant discovered a previously unknown interview with Normareen Shaw, manager of the Selma restaurant where civil rights worker Jimmie Lee Jackson was shot by Alabama State Trooper James Bonard Fowler. Civil rights activists had been working to increase voter registration among African-Americans throughout the fall of 1964 in Selma. These efforts led to clashes between law enforcement and civil rights activists leading to the killing of Jackson. Normareen Shaw witnessed these events and spoke about them in her interview for Eyes on the Prize. This previously unavailable interview will eventually be available through a digital online platform with matching video and transcript at the conclusion of the project.