The Uzuri Project

“Remember When…” A Series of Oral Histories on Film

In 1999, The Uzuri Project created, developed and implemented Remember When... a series of oral histories on film. The initial film was shown during the 2000 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. This ongoing program interviews senior adults and films their oral histories. In many cases, while finishing Track II of The Uzuri Project Youth Leadership Institute, middle school and high school students do the interviewing. This endeavor has chronicled over 100 senior adults in 77 oral histories on film.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the Department of Arkansas Heritage

Clips from this film and others are presented below. Please click on the title or image to display the clip.


Dr. Edith Irby Jones

Dr. Edith Irby Jones
December 23, 1927 -

Hear words of wisdom from the 1st Black Graduate of the University of Arkansas Medical College; 1st Female President of National Medical Association; Only Female Founding Member of the Association of Black Cardiologist. The photo shows her as she entered Knoxville College at age 16. Hot Springs native, graduate of Historic Langston High School.




Rev. & Mrs. J. J. Brown

Rev. & Mrs. J. J. Brown

Exciting conversation regarding the Civil Rights movement and the destruction of Historic Roanoke Baptist Church, in this film Rev. Brown reveals a secret never shared before about the movement and the threat to Historic Visitors Chapel AME Church.




Buford Gordon

Buford Gordon

Born August 13, 1908-2005. An educator and a military man, was highlighted in the Senior Scene November, 1998, of The Sentinel-Record he is quoted, “Hot Springs was different . There were good relations between the people,” he said. For instance, Gordon said, “at all the bath houses they had black attendants, and they recommended doctors to customers. So, a lot of times, the doctors would treat (the attendants) for nothing for sending new patients.” A graduate of Historic Langston High School, Class of 1925 and he went to Tuskegee Institute right after school, he was included in that first graduating class of 1929. He was the consummate story teller.




Junius Stevenson

Junius Stevenson
September 19, 1916 - December 31, 2006

Mr. Stevenson had a passion for education and left a legacy as an educator, a volunteer and community activist. Graduated Langton High School Class of 1933 and attended AM&N College (UAPB) for two years. It was during these formative years that he met Philanthropist John Lee Webb. His father was the General Manager for the Pythian Hotel in Hot Springs.




Hosea Etta Jordan-Wilson

Hosea Etta Jordan-Wilson
May 6, 1927 - March 25, 2009

Hosea Etta Jordan-Wilson Speaks on the Value of Education

Mrs. Wilson was a founding member of P.H.O.E.B.E./The Uzui Project.  It was with her encouragement and introduction that \"Remember When\" began.  Her family roots can be traced back to 1883, she shares that family history with Henderson Patillo who was the Founder of the Historic Visitors Chapel A.M.E. Church.  While a young hairdresser she was introduced to Joe Louis’ mother.




 Hilda Martin

Hilda Martin
November 8, 1907 - February 12, 2013

Mrs. Martin Speaks About the Early African American Community

Miss Hilda, as she is called in the community, recalls the days when Hot Springs was segregated and the Black folks ‘had everything’ they needed. The photograph shows Mrs. Hilda Martin at 36 and again at 106. Hilda Martin, who turned 106 on November 8, 2012 and has lived in Hot Springs since December 22, 1946. She was born in Commerce, GA and went to school in Athens, GA where she studied music. She absolutely loves to pray and sing.




Rose Marie Pleasants-Barron

Rose Marie Pleasants-Barron
March 14, 1027 - January 31, 2013

Mrs. Barron Speaks of Early Family Life

Mrs. Barron was a member of the Pleasants Family, one of the oldest and most established Founding families in the Hot Springs community. She was a housewife and raised 5 children in the community, “Uptown Hot Springs”.  There is still a house on the property owned by her family since 1863.




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