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Orum Lee Trone (d.2008)

O.L. Trone was one of the most influential African American preachers and evangelists of his day in the Churches of Christ. He was the long-time minister of the Elmwood Park Church of Christ in Detroit, Michigan, and founder of the Church of Christ National Youth conference. He was born in Lum, Alabama, and moved with his family to Birmingham, Alabama. In 1921, the family moved to Detroit to work in the Ford factory as a way to escape the segregation of the South.

The transcript of the interview with Trone is only four pages and the tape is not in the collection. The focus of the interview is on Trone’s family history, their first coming to Detroit, and briefly about black and white relations encountered by his family.

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