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Carroll, Jennifer

Interviewee: Jennifer Carroll
Interviewer: Terri Wilder
Date of Interview: June 6, 2008
Extent: 15 page-transcript
Note: Carroll was originally interviewed for the Activist Women Oral History Project


Hair stylist Jennifer Carroll was diagnosed with HIV in 1990. Since the late 1990s, she has educated her salon’s clients about the illness, and has worked alongside educators in Troup and Rockdale counties to talk to young people about STDs and the importance of abstinence.

Jennifer Carroll begins her interview by talking about the unusual circumstances surrounding her HIV diagnosis in 1990. She explains that she was silent about the disease for almost a decade after her diagnosis. Her second husband encouraged her to speak out about her story and become a voice for the disease and others like her. She began by talking to clients at her hair salon about her story and found that it allowed a space for them to open up to her. She went on to become an HIV advocate and educator in her local school system, speaking out and connecting with people whenever she can. Carroll also talks about her experience with doctors and medications and the logistics of pregnancy and giving birth to a son, who is HIV negative.

Carson, John

Interviewee: John Carson
Interviewer: Hillery Rink
Date of Interview: May 6, 2014
Extent: 40 pages: 1 audio file

Carter, Melissa

Interviewee: Melissa Carter
Interviewer: Morna Gerrard
Date of interview: March 31, 2023

Interviewee: Melissa Carter
Interviewer: Morna Gerrard
​​​​​​​Date of interview: April 13

Interviewee: Melissa Carter
Interviewer: Morna Gerrard
Date of interview: May 22, 2023

Cornutt, Susan

Interviewee: Susan Cornutt
Interviewer: Morna Gerrard
Date of interview: October 2, 2019
Extent: 1 audio file

Cornett, Jeff

Interviewee: Jeff Cornett
Interviewer: Morna Gerrard
Date of interview: February 21, 2020

Creech, Cleo

Interviewee: Cleo Creech
Interviewer: Franklin Abbott
Date of interview: June 15, 2020


Creech begins by describing his family history and challenging childhood years. He discusses struggling to come to terms with his sexuality as a high school student but eventually doing so as a college student after attending a gay bar for the first time. He recalls a brief period of personal liberation between accepting his sexuality and the AIDS epidemic, which claimed the life of his long-term partner, David Anderson. He then speaks about his involvement with ACT UP and his later career as a poet. Creech concludes by reflecting on the power of art to connect with others. 


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