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    • Oral history with Arthur Lewis, Jr.; 1999

    • Oral history.; Reverend Arthur Lewis, Jr., was born on October 29, 1948, in Forest Home, Alabama. He earned a B.S.W. degree from Jackson State University and a Master's degree in theology from Emory University Chandler School of Theology. He has...
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    • Oral history with Blanche Whittom; 2003

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on July 20, 2003 with Blanche Whittom. Bonnie Blanche Little Whittom was born to Robert Little and Alethia McLaurin in Bridgeport, Mississippi in February, 1912. She had three brothers and two sisters. She went to...
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    • Oral history with Buford W. Posey; 2003

    • Oral history.; Buford Posey was born in 1925 in Philadelphia, Mississippi. He served in the U.S. Army during the Second World War. Posey became an activist who was deeply involved in the civil rights movement in Mississippi. A 1951 graduate of what...
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    • Oral History with Celestine Labat; 2002

    • Oral history.; Celestine Labat graduated from high school in Indianapolis, Indiana as there were no high schools for black students in 1918 in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. One of thirteen children of a Catholic French Creole family, she became a...
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    • Oral history with Curtis C. Bryant; 1995

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on November 11, 1995 with Curtis C. Bryant. Curtis C. Bryant was born in Walthall County, Mississippi in 1917. He worked for the railroad from 1940 to 1979, during which time he was an active member of the...
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    • Oral history with Dorothea Allsup

    • Oral history.; Dorothea Allsup was born on February 4, 1916. Her family resided in Nebraska, but they moved to Epes, Alabama and then Macon, Mississippi, when she was seventeen. While Mrs. Allsup attended high school in Macon she met her future...
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    • Oral history with Dr. W. Ross Story

    • Oral history.; Born in 1947, Dr. Story was graduated from Mississippi Valley State University in 1969 where he earned a B.S.; he earned an M.Ed. from Delta State University. During his varied career he has been a sharecropper, a public school...
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    • Oral history with Ellen Oakes Pettit; 2002

    • Oral history.; Ellen Claire Oakes Pettit was born August 5, 1936 in Kosciusko, Mississippi. As a young girl, she boarded at the old Attala Agricultural High School in McAdams, referred to as the Attala "Ag." During World War II her family moved to...
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    • Oral history with Estell Harvey; 2000

    • Oral history.; Interview with Estell Harvey conducted on March 4, 2000. Sally Louie (Estell) Harvey was born in 1946 in Howell, Mississippi near Lexington. She grew up working on the family farm with her parents and siblings. Her parents...
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    • Oral history with Ever Lee Presley; 2002

    • Oral history.; Ever Lee Presley was born July 24, 1919 in Kosciusko, Mississippi. She completed her early education at the Sam Young School and went on to graduate from the Attala County Training School in 1937. Presley completed her degree in...
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    • Oral history with Fred L. Banks, Jr.; 2003

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on March 25, 2003 with Judge Fred L. Banks, Jr. (born 1942). In the late 1960s, Judge Banks began his law career by serving for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. He was elected three times to the House...
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    • Oral history with James J. Smith; 2003

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted with James J. Smith. James J. Smith was born to Rosie Washington and William Smith in Natchez, Mississippi in February 1907. Smith moved to Simpson County at the age of nineteen. He worked for the Finkbine Lumber...
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    • Oral history with James Lockett Jr.; 2003

    • Oral history.; James Lockett was educated at Tougaloo College, the University of Illinois, Alcorn State University, Atlanta University, Arkansas State University and the University of Southern Mississippi. He was a lifelong educator and...
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    • Oral History with John Dawson; 2003

    • Oral history.; Born on December 8, 1923, in Lumberton, Mississippi, Mr. John Dawson was one of the children of Mr. David and Mrs. Hattie Johnson Dawson. John Dawson moved with his family to the Soria City community in Gulfport, Mississippi at the...
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    • Oral History with John Dean; 2003

    • Oral history.; John D. Dean was born in 1916, in Bond, Mississippi. His family moved to Gulfport during the Depression. At the age of sixteen, Mr. Dean began working for $1 a day cutting paper wood to help support his family. After the bombing of...
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    • Oral history with John Morris Ward; 2001

    • Oral history.; John Morris Ward was born in 1926 near the Natchez Trace in Attala County, Mississippi. During World War II he served in Germany as an Air Force mechanic. After returning to Mississippi, he worked in Attala County in a salt mill, as...
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    • Oral history with Johnny Burnett; 2006

    • Oral history.; Johnny Burnett was born in Mobile, Alabama and raised from age six months in Jones County, Mississippi. He was elected constable in 1984, and later elected to the Board of Supervisors 2004-2008.
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