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    • Oral history with Mr. Erle Johnston; 1980

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on July 30, 1980 with Mr. Erle Johnston at his home in Forest, Mississippi. Johnston was born on October 10, 1917 in Garyville, Louisiana. In 1941, he moved to Forest, Mississippi and bought the fledgling...
    • Oral history with Mrs. Vernon Keys; 1994

    • Oral history.; Ms. Vernon J. Keys was born in 1926. She graduated from Coahoma County Agricultural High School in Clarksdale and received a bachelor's degree in sociology from J.P. Campbell College, Jackson, Mississippi. Ms. Keys also studied at...
    • Oral history with Mrs. Sarah H. Johnson; 1978

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on September 10, 1978 with Ms. Sarah Johnson at her home in Greenville, Mississippi. Johnson was born on March 10, 1938 in Charleston, South Carolina. She is an African American woman who has been active on...
    • Finding aid for the Colmer (William M.) Papers.

    • Materials in this collection were donated by William M. Colmer: First accession-1970. Additional information online at:
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    • Oral history with Richard Burger; 2012

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on November 8, 2012 with Richard Burger at his home. Burger was born June 6, 1941 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Burger worked in the construction of the Saturn phase rocket program for NASA at present day Stennis...
    • Oral history with James Cohen; 1976

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on February 2, 1976 with James Cohen (born 1920). Mr. Cohen was born in rural Forrest County, Mississippi in 1920. Although poor, his widowed mother helped him attend college after he graduated valedictorian from...
    • Oral history with Cleveland Sellers, Jr.; 2003

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted September 2, 2003 in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Cleveland Sellers was born in 1944 in rural Denmark, South Carolina. Sellers organized a college chapter of the NAACP which then became instrumental in helping the...
    • Oral history with Peter H. Stewart; 1997

    • Oral history.; Two interviews conducted on August 20, 1997 and August 28, 1997 with Peter H. Stewart (born 1934). He began teaching school in Edwards, Mississippi, in the fall of 1961. In August 1969, he worked for Friends of Children, a Head Start...
    • Oral history with Clemon P. Jimerson, Sr.; 2010

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on April 24, 2010 with Clemon P. Jimerson, Sr. in Biloxi, Mississippi. Jimerson describes growing up in Biloxi, how he came to be involved with the Biloxi Beach Wade-Ins, his personal relationship with Dr....
    • Oral history with Rev. James L. Black; 2009

    • Oral history.; An interview conducted on March 6, 2009 and April 2, 2009 with James L. Black. Black, born January 4, 1945, in Biloxi, Mississippi, attended Mississippi Valley State University and Jackson State University. He served in the United...
    • Oral history with Ellie and Eugene Steward; 1995

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted December 11, 1995 with Ellie and Eugene Steward in Benton County, Mississippi, at the home of Genevera Reaves. Ellie B. Steward was born in Benton County in 1931. She is an educator and former director of Head...
    • Oral history with Will D. Campbell; 1976

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on June 8, 1976, with Will D. Campbell. Campbell, born in Amite, Mississippi, was ordained as a pastor at the age of 17. He first became aware of racism during time spent in the military, when he read a novel by...
    • Oral history with Lee J. Adams Sr.; 2003

    • A collection of interviews with African Americans of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, circa twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, who knew Colonel John Robinson, an African American pilot who was tapped by Ethiopian Emperor Haile Sellassie in the...
    • Oral history with J.C. Fairley; 1977

    • Oral history.; An interview conducted on January 31, 1977 with Jimmy Carter Fairley (born 1921). A native of Greene County, Mississippi, Mr. Fairley was active in the civil rights movement at the local, state, and national levels.
    • Oral history with Terri Shaw; 1999

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on June 7, 1999 with Terri Shaw (born 1940). Terri Charlotte Shaw graduated from Antioch College in Ohio and worked for the Buffalo (N.Y.) Courier-Express before spending the summer of 1964 in Hattiesburg,...
    • Interview with Ruby Magee; 1972

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on May 18, 1972 with Ms. Ruby Magee at College Hall at the University of Southern Mississippi. Magee was born in 1940 in Tylertown, Mississippi. In 1962, she received a BA in history and political science from...
    • Oral history with Dr. Aaron Henry; 1972

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on May 1, 1972 with Dr. Aaron Henry in his drugstore in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Henry was born on July 2, 1922 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. After serving in World War II, he went to Xavier College (now Xavier...
    • Oral history with Mr. Troy Catchings Jr.; 1994

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on March 15, 1994 with Troy Catchings, Jr. (born 1942). In 1966, he began working with Coahoma Opportunities, Inc. (COI), an antipoverty agency that serves the African-American and poor white communities of...
    • Oral history with Rev. Sammie Rash; 1977

    • Oral history.; Reverend Sammie Rash was born in Sunflower County, Mississippi, on July 31, 1942. His parents were sharecroppers, and in 1949 they moved the family to the McGann plantation in Bolivar County, where Reverend Rash grew up. In 1963...


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