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Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Oral History Interview

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Created by:
National Museum of African American History and Culture, American, founded 2003  Search this
Recorded by:
Patrick Telepictures, Inc., American  Search this
Interview of:
Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr., American, born 1946  Search this
Interviewed by:
Elaine Nichols, American  Search this
Subject of:
United States Naval Academy, American, founded 1845  Search this
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, American, founded 1958  Search this
President Barack Obama, American, born 1961  Search this
Duration (2016.129.1.1a): 67.1 minutes
Duration (2016.129.1.2a): 65.8 minutes
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted:
Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, United States, North and Central America
July 20, 2016
The oral history consists of 2016.129.1.1a and 2016.129.1.2a: two versions (unedited, and edited) of a single digital video recording.
101.27344 GB
Major General Charles F. Bolden was interviewed as part of the NMAAHC Donor Oral History Collection. General Bolden donated some of his personal belongings, including uniforms, supplies, and photographs, to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
In this oral history interview, General Charles Bolden describes his childhood in Columbia, SC, where he grew up in an environment that was educationally and culturally stimulating, despite the strict legal segregation that existed. He discusses his early interest in science and how he became determined to attend the Naval Academy while still a teen. He describes how he overcame many obstacles that were the result of racial discrimination to achieve his dreams and eventually become a Major General, astronaut, and the Administrator of NASA (appointed by President Barack Obama).
Unedited File: Unedited digital file of oral history interview. This file is necessary in case we need to refer to the original recording for any reason and/or want to use a portion of the file that has been edited out.
Edited File: Videographer has minimized or eliminated interruptions, false starts and any unnecessary sounds. An agreed upon slate has also been added with title, date, and logo. Separate files of the same interview have been concatenated. This is the copy that will be made available to the public and/or researchers and uploaded to the website.
African American  Search this
Military  Search this
Museums  Search this
Race discrimination  Search this
Science  Search this
Segregation  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Restrictions & Rights:
© Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
The Collection Donor Oral History Project
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture