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    • Oral history with Oseola McCarty; 1996

    • Oral history.; Miss Oseola McCarty was born on March 7, 1908, in Wayne County, Mississippi. McCarty attended Eureka Elementary School until the sixth grade when she dropped out to care for an aunt who was ill. While still in school, McCarty began...
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    • Oral history with Joseph Smith; 2001

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted April 15, 2001 in Claiborne County, Mississippi. Joseph Smith was born in 1910 in Willows, Mississippi, to Ben Smith and Missy January Smith. He was educated at Mount Pilgrim School in Rocky Springs. He married...
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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 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 Mr. Wesley C. Webb

    • Oral history.; Mr. Wesley C. Webb was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, on April 2, 1938. After his graduation from high school, Mr. Webb entered the Navy, boarding the U.S.S. Helena for Japan. For two years and nine months, Mr. Webb served in the...
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    • Oral history with Eddie McDonald; 2003

    • Oral history.; Eddie McDonald was born to Samuel McDonald and Ollie Lockhart in Magee, Mississippi in 1924. He had two brothers, one of whom, Robert, was killed in an automobile accident. Though he went to school in Hawpond, McDonald dropped out to...
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    • Oral history with Josephine Bell; 1996

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on October 22, 1996 with Mrs. Josephine Clemons Bell (born 1909). Mrs. Josephine Clemons Bell's teaching career in elementary education in the public schools of Natchez-Adams County spans twenty-nine and a half...
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    • Oral history with Mary Spell; 2003

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted with Mary Spell. Mary Maude Spell was born to George Washington Spell and Lu Ella Shorter between Braxton and Harrisville, Mississippi in January 1908. Spell was born in the house built by her great-grandfather in...
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    • Oral history with James Gray; 2002

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted May 29, 2002 in James Gray's office. James Gray, Jr. was born on February 24, 1941, in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The family moved to Port Gibson, Mississippi when Gray was three years old, and he has lived there...
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    • Oral history with Lola Berry; 2003

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted with Lola Berry. Lola Wilson Durr Berry was born in 1926 near Mendenhall, MS to Charlie Walker and Roberta Wilson. Berry began sharecropping in cotton fields at the age of seven. Berry left school after fifth...
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    • Oral history with Unita Blackwell Wright; 1977

    • Oral history.; Interviews conducted on 04-21-1977 and 05-12-1977 with Unita Blackwell (born 1933). Ms. Blackwell was a field worker for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1964 and also served that year as a delegate of the...
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    • Oral history with Johnnie "Jack" Jackson; 2007

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted April 25, 2007 with Jack Jackson at his home in West Point, Mississippi. Jackson was born in 1923. He discusses growing up under segregated conditions in West Point. He further discusses joining the military in...
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    • Oral history with O'Neal Chambers; 2001

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted April 17, 2001 in Claiborne County. O'Neal Chambers was born July 30, 1910 in Lorman, Mississippi. He completed his education at Rosenwald School and Watson Chapel. Throughout his career, Chambers worked as a...
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    • Oral history with Sallie Blackburn; 2001

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted with Sallie Blackburn in Port Gibson, Mississippi. She was born in 1910 in Russum, Mississippi. Blackburn recalls what it was like growing up in Mississippi and life, foodways, and society in Port Gibson...
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    • Oral history with Eberta Spinks; 1995

    • Oral history.; Eberta Spinks was born in 1914 in Mississippi. Her parents farmed until her father moved the family to Tallahalla, Mississippi in order to take a job at the sawmill there, and later moved the family to Mobile Street in Hattiesburg. ...
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    • Oral history with Louise Kennedy; 2003

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted with Louise Kennedy. Mary Louise Kennedy was born to David Jefferson Lewis and Maudie Mae Kennedy in Magee, MS in May 1919. Her father worked for multiple oil companies, including Texaco and the Loreco Oil...
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    • Oral history with Chrysteen Flynt; 2003

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted with Chrysteen Flynt. Effie Chrysteen Flynt was born in November 1910 in D’Lo, MS to John Anselum Warren Sr. and Effie Bowman Warren. Her parents owned the D’Lo Mercantile Company until it burned down. Shortly...
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    • Oral History with Geraldine Lang; 2002

    • Oral history.; Geraldine Lang moved to the Gulf Coast as a young woman and worked with her husband on a chicken farm. She became active in civic groups such as the NAACP and Concerned Citizens. She later founded the organization Save Our Children...
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