Carpenters for Christmas, December 1964


Carpenters for Christmas, December 1964


Members of Oberlin's Carpenters for Christmas before setting off on their trip to Ripley, Mississippi to rebuild an African American church that had been used as a Freedom School and voting station. The Antioch Missionary Baptist Church was burned to the ground a few days after the Freedom Democratic Party rally, led by Fannie Lou Hamer, was held there in October 1964. 

A total of 32 persons worked on the project.
Standing, left to right: Burrell Scott, Oberlin contractor; Professor David Jewell; David Reed (Class of 1965); Mary Miho (1968); Randolph Furst (1968); Stanley Gunterman (1967); Marcia Aronoff (1965); Professor Paul Schmidt; student from Yankton, S.D.
Front row, left to right: Robert Moore from Yankton; David Esmond (1966); Gerald Von Korff (1967); Joseph Gross (1967); Alexander Jack (1967); Richard Cooper (1965).
Not pictured are: John Cramer 1966); Alan Dawley (1965); Eric Jacobs (1967); Stephen Pennington (1966); Judith Roberts (1965); Eric Seitz (1965); Michael Welch (1967).

Description Source

E. J. Dickson, "Memories of a Movement: Oberlin Alumni reflect on their time in the civil rights movement of the early 1960s." Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Summer 2012, 15.


Princehorn, Arthur Ewing (1904-2001)


Photographs: Subjects (RG 32/5): Carpenters for Christmas, Oberlin College Archives


Oberlin College Archives


December 1964


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gelatin silver print, 7 x 5 inches


gelatin silver prints (photographs)




Princehorn, Arthur Ewing (1904-2001), “Carpenters for Christmas, December 1964,” The Oberlin Sanctuary Project, accessed January 23, 2019,