Holloway, Charlene Hampton (1947-) Papers, 1935-2023

Held by The Filson Historical Society 

Creator:  Holloway, Charlene Hampton, 1947- 

Title:  Papers, 1935-2023

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Collections Department. 

Size of Collection:  .33 cu. ft. and 1 vol. 

Location Number:  Mss. A H745 

Scope and Content Note 

This collection includes material related to the life and activism of Charlene Hampton Holloway and her mother, Charles Thelma Hampton (nee Whitlock) and her brother, Leon Hampton, Jr.  Material throughout the collection primarily relates to Charles Thelma Hampton’s life and work as a pianist, and Charlene Hampton Holloway’s activism and volunteerism, particularly her involvement in the marches for Civil Rights in the 1960s, for which she was jailed as a child.   

Related Collections:  

Charlene Hampton Holloway photograph collection [020PC23]  

Charlene Hampton Holloway museum collection [2020.22]  

Charlene Hampton Holloway Historical Collage, Mss. C H (ovsz.)

Biographical Note 

Charlene Hampton was born April 26, 1947 in Jefferson County, Kentucky to Charles Thelma Whitlock (1917-2008) and Leon Henderson Hampton Sr. (1916-1987). She had one sibling, Leon Henderson Hampton Jr. (1944-2010), who was a military veteran and graduate of American University College of Law. Their mother, Charles Thelma Whitlock Hampton, was one of few African American students admitted to the Indiana University School of Music in the 1930s. C. Thelma Whitlock Hampton was a teacher within the Jefferson County Public School system, and well-regarded organist and pianist in Louisville for several decades, playing weddings, church events, and fraternal organization events.   

As a child, Charlene was involved in the Girl Scouts as a member of troop 201. When Charlene and her brother Leon Hampton, Jr. were young adults, they participated in Civil Rights marches. Charlene and her brother Leon Hampton, Jr. were both arrested in 1961 for protesting. Charlene was only thirteen at the time. Leon Hampton, Jr. received a Certificate of Commendation related to the arrest.  

Charlene attended Jefferson Community and Technical College and Western Kentucky University. She married Chester Holloway, with whom she has three children. She is a retired registered nurse. In 2020, she published Whitlock’s Compositions, a book focusing on her family history.   

Folder List 

Box 1  

Folder 1: Correspondence from C. Thelma Whitlock to the University of Indiana, Bloomington, 1935-1938   

Folder 2: Correspondence from Thelma Hampton, 2004  

Folder 3: Letters of Condolence related to the death of Thelma Hampton, 2008  

Folder 4: Correspondence with Alli Robic of Kentucky Historical Society regarding donation, 2020  

Folder 5: Charles Thelma Whitlock educational commencement material and degree certificates, 1935-1962  

Folder 6: Copy of Leon Hampton and Thelma Whitlock marriage license, 1941  

Folder 7: Leon Hampton Jr. Materials including Certificate of Commendation for 1961 arrest and funeral program, 1961-2010 

Folder 8: March on Frankfort souvenir program photocopy, 1964   

Folder 9: Funeral and event programs dedicated to Charles Thelma Whitlock Hampton, 1979-2008  

Folder 10: “The Messiah” Handel performance programs at Zion Mission Baptist Church, 1989, 2000  

Folder 11: Photograph, copy of articles regarding nursing career, awards from nursing career, 1995-2023   

Folder 12: Certificate of appreciation and Palm Sunday Service program, Central District of Cecelia Dunlap Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star PHA of Kentucky, 1999, 2005   

Folder 13: Copy of Chalkboard, IU School of Education Alumni Association newsletter, 2000  

Folder 14: “Inspirational Music Sis. Thelma Hampton” program, 2004   

Folder 15: Photograph of Charlene Holloway and C. Thelma Whitlock Hampton at National Council of Negro Women, 2004  

Folder 16: National League of American Pen Women Certificate of Membership, 2007   

Folder 17: “Get on the Bus” Bus Tour of Louisville Segregation History flyer, 2013  

Folder 18: Louisville Civil Rights Trail map, information, clippings and other material, 2015  

Folder 19: University of Louisville Yearlings Club Forum Series schedule, 2016-2017  

Folder 20: Power Lunch Talk Series speaking event at Seneca High School flyer, 2017  

Folder 21: Copies of certificates of appreciation, recognition for Charlene Hampton Holloway, 2015-2019  

Folder 22: Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame Nominee Program, 2017   

Folder 23: Dr. Martin Luther King Leadership Awards Certificate of Recognition, nomination letter and program, 2017   

Folder 24: Louisville Male High School Certificate of Appreciation and Hall of Fame Banquet program, 2017-2018  

Folder 25: Charlene Hampton biographical information, undated   

Folder 26: Notable Quotations and Acknowledgements of Whitlock’s Compositions by Charlene Hampton Holloway, undated   

Folder 27: “Ode to Little Charlie Whitlock from Grandmother Cornelia Wallis” poem by Charlene Hampton Holloway, undated   

Folder 28: Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame Certificate for C. Thelma Whitlock Hampton, undated  

Folder 29: Shively Library presents Charlene Hampton Holloway flyer, 2014  

Folder 30: March on Frankfort clippings, 1964   

Folder 31: Clippings by Charlene Hampton Holloway in Courier-Journal, 1985, 2013   

Folder 32: Hometown Hero Thelma Whitlock Hampton Louisville Defender clipping, 1997   

Folder 33: “Meetings with Remarkable People Thelma Hampton,” Max Magazine, 1998  

Folder 34: Interview with Chief Robert C. White by Charlene Hampton Holloway Speak Out Magazine, 2005  

Folder 35: Newspaper clippings regarding protests and segregation, 2007-2015  

Folder 36: Louisville magazine, 2010  

Folder 37: Clippings regarding anniversary of 1964 March on Frankfort and other marches, 2011-2014  

Folder 38: NAACP Helps Register Voters on Deadline Day for 2014 General Election clipping photocopy, 2014  

Folder 39: The Waysider newsletter of Wayside Christian Mission, 2014  

Folder 40: The Pen Woman magazine, 2017  

Folder 41: Genealogical material, including C. D. Whitlock, Florist original card, undated  

Folder 42: Photocopied photographs Charlene Hampton Holloway and C. Thelma Hampton, undated  

Volume 43: Girl Scout Handbook by Catharine C. Reiley, undated 

Subject Headings  

African American authors.  

African American fraternal organizations.  

African Americans – Kentucky – Louisville.  

African American musicians.  

Civil rights demonstrations.  

Civil rights movements – United States.  

Girl Scouts of the United States of America.  

Hampton, Charles Thelma Whitlock, 1917-2008.   

Indiana University.   

Louisville (Ky.)  

National Association of Negro Musicians (U.S.)   

National League of American Pen Women.  

Order of the Eastern Star (Prince Hall Affiliation). Cecelia Dunlap Grand Chapter (Louisville, Ky.)