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Warren Marr, II

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Macaroni, Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
September, October
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Puerto Rico
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/31/1916
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Macaroni, Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
September, October
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Puerto Rico
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/31/1916
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh
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Biography

Founder of the Amistad Research Center, Warren Q. Marr II has been a leading advocate for active preservation of African American history and culture for more than fifty years. Born on July 31, 1916, in Pittsburgh, Marr studied journalism and printing at Wilberforce University.

Following graduation, Marr was hired in 1938 as a linotype operator at The St. Louis Argus. From 1939 to 1942, he worked in that capacity for The Plaindealer in Kansas City, Kansas, rising to the post of assistant editor. Marr then joined the business world as a concert promoter with a host of clients, including the well-known singer, William Vesey. From 1968 to 1974, Marr was hired to reenergize the NAACP's hallmark publication as editor of The Crisis.

However, it was in the early 1960s that Marr first learned of the now-famous Amistad trial while working at the American Missionary Association. Here, Marr's interest in preservation was formed. He joined forces with Clifton Johnson and created the Amistad Research Center. Marr would spend the next few decades crisscrossing the United States, speaking to African American individuals and groups, encouraging them to preserve their records. In 1966, he co-founded the Amistad Research Center as a unique repository for African American paper papers and other artifacts. This center was housed at Dillard University before moving to its current home at Tulane University. Currently, the Center serves as a research repository and library housing more than 10 million items.

Upon retirement, Marr decided to pursue another method for preserving the Amistad legacy. Marr aimed to educate the public about this important chapter in American history when a slave trip was commandeered by a group of slaves off the coast of the United States, resulting in an internationally significant case that employed the talents of John Quincy Adams. In 1991, Marr helped found Amistad Affiliates, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation of a replica of the historic schooner Amistad for purposes of keeping the Amistad legacy alive. After years of construction, the ship has sailed to ports around the world promoting peace and goodwill and offering educational curriculum.

Marr and his wife, attorney Carmel Carrington, have been married since 1948 and have two adult children, Warren Quincy III and Charles Carrington. Warren Marr II and his wife live in Valley Cottage, New York.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Warren Marr II's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Warren Marr, II lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Warren Marr, II talks about his mother's family background in St. James A.M.E. Church in Pittsburgh
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Warren Marr, II talks about his father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Warren Marr, II recalls his earliest memories, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Warren Marr, II recalls his earliest memories, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Warren Marr, II describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Warren Marr, II talks about his sister Grace Marr
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Warren Marr, II describes passing in Pittsburgh in the 1920s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Warren Marr, II talks about his relationship with his father during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Warren Marr, II talks about his decision to attend Wilberforce University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Warren Marr, II describes the impact of the Great Depression on his family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Warren Marr, II talks about his experiences as a student at Peabody High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Warren Marr, II describes Wilberforce University, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Warren Marr, II describes Wilberforce University, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Warren Marr, II talks about his journalism career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Warren Marr, II describes a racial incident he experienced in southern Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Warren Marr, II talks about his job experiences in Ohio and St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Warren Marr, II describes his experience working at the Plain Dealer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Warren Marr, II talks about his experience in concert management
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Warren Marr, II talks about managing his performers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Warren Marr, II describes his greeting cards business by the House of Marr
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Warren Marr, II talks about his wife, HistoryMaker Carmel Marr
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Warren Marr, II talks about the performers he worked with in New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Warren Marr, II describes his familiarity with Catarina Jarboro
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Warren Marr, II describes his relationship to Sissle and Blake and 409 Edgecombe during the Harlem Renaissance
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Warren Marr, II talks about meeting and working with Anna Arnold Hedgeman
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Warren Marr, II talks about the history of Amistad Affiliates
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Warren Marr, II talks about the extent of the Amistad Research Center and his familiarity with Clifton Johnson, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Warren Marr, II lists the colleges he visited for his work with the American Missionary Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Warren Marr, II talks about the history of the Amistad court battle
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Warren Marr, II talks about the extent of the Amistad Research Center and his familiarity with Clifton Johnson, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Warren Marr, II describes the collection process for the Amistad Research Center, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Warren Marr, II talks about the focus of the Amistad Research Center
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Warren Marr, II talks about the collection process for the Amistad Research Center, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Warren Marr, II talks about the 1997 film 'Amistad'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Warren Marr, II talks about the creation of his ship
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Warren Marr, II talks about trips he has taken and plans to take
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Warren Marr, II reflects upon his legacy, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Warren Marr, II narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Warren Marr, II narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Warren Marr, II describes his involvement with a NAACP magazine The Crisis