The late Joseph “Joel” Marcus Buchanan was known to be a man of many words, especially when it came to the history of blacks in Gainesville and Alachua County, Florida, and on March 22 at the University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Library he was honored with the unveiling of the Joel Buchanan Archive of African American Oral History. The archive “will be one of the largest digital public access collections of oral histories in the United States,” said Stephanie Birch, African American Studies librarian at UF. Buchanan, who died at the age of 65 in 2014, is credited with being a trailblazer in preserving and documenting black history.
Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, Mar. 22