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    • Oral history with Bilbo Rodgers; 2000

    • Oral history.; Interview with Bilbo Rodgers conducted on May 26, 2000. Bilbo Rodgers was born in Louisville, Mississippi in 1924. He worked on the farm with his family as a child, and joined the United States Army in 1943 at the age of 18. Rodgers...
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    • Oral history with Bidwell Barnes; 2003

    • Oral history.; Born in 1921, in Pass Christian, Mississippi, Bidwell Barnes left school at age fourteen to help support his family. From 1940 to 1942, Mr. Barnes served in the Civilian Conservation Corps; in 1942 he was drafted into the United...
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    • Oral History with LaMont Martin; 2003

    • Oral history.; LaMont Martin was born in Mobile and moved to Gulfport after his mother's death. After graduating high school, Martin entered the Army and after training, served in England and Germany. Upon returning to Mississippi he completed...
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    • Oral history with Kenneth O. Williams; 1993

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on October 13, 1993 with Mr. Kenneth O. Williams at the new state capitol building in Jackson, Mississippi. Williams was born on January 18, 1924 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He received a BA in political science...
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    • Oral History with Richard Kelly; 2003

    • Oral history.; Richard Kelly attended Thirty-third Avenue High School in Gulfport. He worked from 1935-1942 at Gulf Park College in Long Beach. From 1943-1945, he served in the United States Army in France and the Pacific Theater. After returning...
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    • Oral History with Clifton Thomas; 2003

    • Oral history.; Clifton Thomas was born in Forest, Mississippi in 1920. Mr. Thomas attended rural school at the Crudup Bottom School. In the late 1930s, Mr. Thomas joined the Civilian Conservation Corps preventing and fighting forest fires. After...
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    • Oral history with Jack Pace; 2003

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted with Jack Pace. Jack Alfred Pace was born in Conehatta, Mississippi, in Newton County in March 1917. After graduating from Philadelphia High School, Pace went to Decatur, East Central Junior College on a football...
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    • Oral history with Mr. Buck Wells

    • Oral history.; Mr. Ray William (Buck) Wells was born August 21, 1916, on a dairy farm three-fourths of a mile southwest of Mississippi Normal College (now The University of Southern Mississippi). Sometime around 1920 or 1921 he moved into...
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    • Oral history with Lee J. Adams Sr.; 2003

    • Oral history.; Lee J. Adams was born in 1916, in Gulfport, Mississippi. He graduated from Thirty-third Avenue High School. As a young man, Mr. Adams played semiprofessional baseball with a Negro league, the Gulfport Panthers. During World War II,...
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    • Oral history with Tommie Lee Williams; 1999

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on August 20, 1999. Tommie Lee Williams was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1926. He worked for a short period in Las Vegas before entering the United States Army Signal Corp in 1944. He then returned to...
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    • Oral history with Mr. William Joel Blass

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on March 26, 1977 with William Joel Blass (born 1917). As a lawyer in 1952, he successfully prosecuted the Boyce Holleman case by proving that voter fraud had kept Holleman from winning. Beginning in 1953, he...
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    • Oral history with Robert Gavagnie

    • Oral history.; Two interviews conducted on June 12, 2007 and February 20, 2008 with Robert Gavagnie. A descendent of some of the first settlers on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Mr. Gavagnie discusses his experiences as Chief of the Bay St. Louis...
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    • Oral history with Robert E. Bass, Jr.

    • Oral history.; An interview conducted on May 14, 2008 with Robert E. Bass, Jr. (born 1955). Mr. Bass earned degrees from Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi Law School. He has served in many civic capacities, including...
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    • Oral history with Charlie Odom; 2003

    • Oral history.; Charlie Odom was raised by his grandparents in Lyman, Mississippi. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and later in the Unites States Army during World War II. He worked for the United States Postal Service from 1947 until...
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    • Oral history with William Joel Blass; 2002

    • Oral history.; Born in Clinton, Mississippi in 1917, both of William Joel Blass' parents were teachers and his father was also a Baptist minister. Blass attended East Mississippi Junior College and Pearl River Junior College. He earned his AB and...
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    • Oral history with Jerry E. Richard; 2003

    • Oral history.; Interview recorded on March 10, 2003. Jerry E. Richard was born in Gulfport, Mississippi and grew up there during the Depression. He attended Catholic schools and worked in a variety of jobs inlcuding longshoreman, construction...
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