Lawrence E. Walker Foundation Collection contains over three thousand documents, over sixteen thousand, four hundred, and forty pictures, fourteen originally composed songs, and eighty historical film interviews with well-known historians such as Charles Blockson of Temple University, Dr. William Katz of New York, the late Dr. Clement Price of Rutgers University, the late Dr. Gary Hunter of Rowan University, and many more historians throughout the Tri-state area. Within this collection, there is also footage of African Americans in the Revolutionary War and Civil War from the 1700s through the 1800s. This collection will be an important asset to an archival database company for use in both the classroom; and in lecture settings around the world. The Lawrence E. Walker Foundation Collection paints an invaluable portrait of four hundred years of African American history, from slavery to freedom, which traces the trail of the Underground Railroad and Slavery throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania & New York.
The collection’s multimedia presentation will focus on tracking the slave passage throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York through discovering relationships, interpreting evidence, connecting the past to the present. The collection will offer students, teachers, and the community direct access to local history which will speak directly from the past through integrating, gripping, original narratives, exciting imagery, dramatic voice-overs, and a docu-drama, using actors to reenact the plight of the slaves from the revolutionary period to the civil war and beyond.
The Lawrence E. Walker Foundation Collection would like to add to this collection our historical Oral Living Military History Collection, which includes over one hundred and sixty interviews, over four hundred photographs, research information about Veterans of the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War II, the Korean War (1950-1953), the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
This will also include a look at the African American Woman during World War II, the Hispanic and Native American Veterans of the Korean War, as well as the history of African American units in Korea, which includes the 24th Infantry Regimental Combat Team, 396th Regiment out of New York City, the 2nd Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne), 555th Battalion (Airborne) from World War II, and the 999th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, perspective during the time-period of the Korean War, Prisoners of War Remembered and Personnel Missing in Action. All of this, and additional historical perspectives from various historians, will be covered by the filmmaker in this archival collection and historical film project.
Lawrence E. Walker strongly emphasizes the importance of putting all this information into a computer archived database and on the new virtual 3D Museum for the community and the public to view. His passion is to educate the world and not forget the history of African American culture. This collection will help the audience to understand war time in the past and in the present, and to prepare for the future.