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Operation Crossroads Africa records 2010 addendum, 1962-2008 | Amistad Research Center

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Title: Operation Crossroads Africa records 2010 addendum, 1962-2008
Received Extent: 1.0 Boxes
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Physical Description: Good condition with some acidic items.
Scope and Contents:

The addition consists of approximately 1.0 linear foot of personal papers of various participants in the Overseas Youth Program during the 1960s. The bulk of the materials (1964-1968) contain documentation by Preston Parr of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, who was a youth leader in Ghana for a project to construct a school in Abandze in 1964. Parr’s records contain photographs, correspondence, OCA handbooks, and printed materials documenting his experiences in Ghana during the summer of 1964. Of note, is a “Crossroads Log” a spiral bound handwritten journal documenting daily happenings and events during the project in Ghana. Also included are printed rosters of leaders, a report on OCA’s African Youth Leadership Programs dated 1965, notations and speeches given by Parr advocating for OCA in late 1964, as well as OCA publications such as Crossroads Communiqué and bulletins.

Additional papers include materials by Oscar McCloud (1958), who was a participant in the study-work camp tour of Liberia. These materials include conference programs, questionnaires for the workshop, research papers in typescript form about Christianity in West Africa, a speech and McCloud’s personal newsletter dated July 10, 1958, which contains his impressions of Liberia sent to family and friends back in the United States. Also included is a spiral bound self-publish journal transcript compiled by Franklin P. Bennett titled “Operations Crossroads Africa: Transcription of the Journal of Franklin P. Bennett, Jr. Eastern Nigeria Team One, June 13, 1960 – August 24, 1960. With additional materials from 1960 Crossroads Africa files of Franklin P. Bennett, Jr. and Douglas Kelly and 2008 Internet Searches.” Lastly, publications generated by the Federal Ministry of Information, Lagos (1962-1964) collected by Mrs. Margaret Tassi of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a questionnaire (in French) signed by Koffi Akimi Elise (1984), and a computer generated unbound color copy of a photographic scrapbook compiled by Tom Barrows about OCA in Malawi in 1964.

Comments: Operation Crossroads Africa was founded by James Herman Robinson as a private non-profit organization in 1957. OCA is dedicated to improving communications among persons of different nationalities, races, religions, and cultures, and to developing and opening opportunities for the talents of young people. The basic program of OCA is the Overseas Youth Program, a work-camp study seminar, friendship, and aid program, which takes American and Canadian students, teachers, physicians, and other specialists to countries in Africa for short-term programs and projects during the summer months.


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