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Crossroads Partners With North Carolina Music Hall of Fame

Publication Date: 9/10/2010

Rhodes College is partnering with the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame to interview 2010 inductees and to make the interviews available online through the college’s Crossroads to Freedom digital archive.

“This partnership is a great step forward as Crossroads continues to reach out to cultural heritage organizations in order to build capacity for preserving the history of the region,” says Dr. Russell T. Wigginton, vice president of college relations at Rhodes. “It’s also a wonderful opportunity for our students who are involved in all aspects of Crossroads archive management, from conducting the interviews to processing them for online access.”

Crossroads is a digital library of oral history interviews and other primary sources related to the civil rights era as well as the cultural history of Memphis. Since 2006, student teams have been responsible for identifying individuals to interview, conducting video interviews, editing the transcripts, and cataloging and uploading the interviews. This year, the students have begun collecting interviews that document the role of the music industry in the history of Memphis and the South.

The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame was incorporated in 1994 with a primary purpose of recognizing, promoting and commemorating the musical heritage of the state of North Carolina.  In 2008, the Mike Curb Family Foundation provided the museum with its current location in Kannapolis, N.C., and the museum opened its doors to the public June 1, 2009.

This year’s induction ceremony will take place on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010. Inductees include:

Performing Artists
Maurice Williams, recording artist, Charlotte
Andy Griffith, gospel recording artist/actor/writer, Mount Airy/Wilmington
Donna Fargo, country recording artist/composer, Mount Airy
Arthur Smith, country composer/performer/producer, Charlotte
George Hamilton IV, country recording artist, Winston-Salem
Doc Watson, country/bluegrass vocalist/musician, Deep Gap/North Wilkesboro
Curly Seckler, bluegrass vocalist/musician, China Grove
Dr. Billy Taylor, jazz pianist/composer/educator, Greenville
Shirley Caesar, gospel recording artist, Durham

Performing Artists (deceased)

Don Gibson, country recording artist/composer, Shelby
Les Brown, big band leader, Durham
William Oliver Swofford, recording artist, North Wilkesboro

The inductee history archive also will be available on the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame website.

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Michael Shull February 26, 2011

I performed as a brother-sister act (Mike & Susan Shull) from West Columbia, SC.  We were on Arthur′s TV numerous times. Also on location when they traveled the southeast.  This was back in the early sixtys.  I now am a dulcimer artist performing in many venues.  Those were some great memories.

Thanks, Arthur, for the memories

Michael Shull
Mountain Dulcimer & Zither man