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Youth Ambassadors-Mamie Yarbrough Oral History

As told by YAG Curator
Benton Harbor, Michigan

Story Narrative:

Mamie Yarbrough has had a lifetime of community service in Michigan. She shares a poem about reunions held every two years for people who have moved away from Benton Harbor. The full oral history and poem can be found at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center in St. Joseph, Michigan.

During the summer of 2016, local students took part in the Youth Ambassadors program at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, developed as part of the Smithsonian Institution's Youth Access Grant initiative. The students researched, conducted and transcribed the oral histories of area locals. As Stories from Main Street participants, they created summary "movie trailers" for each interview so that museum visitors would be able to understand the content of the oral history in brief and fun videos.

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