An Oral History with Clearese Cook
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The oldest of twelve children, Ms. Clearese Cook grew up in the Irene Chapel Community of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Her parents were Beatrice Scott Ellis and Jordan Ellis. She attended DePriest Consolidated School in the Palmer's Crossing Community of Hattiesburg. She was graduated from high school in 1941, and attended Mississippi Industrial College in Holly Springs, Mississippi. She survived the years of the Great Depression and World War II. She married and reared five children-- one daughter and four sons.
Childhood Family life Great Depression World War II Camp Shelby Keesler Field Mississippi Industrial College Discrimination Clyde Kennard
This is an interview for the Mississippi Oral History Program of The University of Southern Mississippi. The interview is with Ms. Clearese Cook and is taking place in November of 1994. The interviewer is Kim Adams. Adams: We're with Ms. Clearese Cook, and, Ms. Cook, we would like to start off with some background
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