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    • Oral history with Pinkey Hall

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted December 13, 1995 with Mississippi civil rights activist Mrs. Pinkey Hall, a member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. She attended the 1964 Democratic Convention in Atlantic City.
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    • Oral history with Charlie Parker; 1981

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on July 22, 1981 with Mr. Charlie Parker at his home in Laurel, Mississippi. Parker was born in the early 1890s in Enterprise, Mississippi. After his family moved to Laurel around the turn of the century, Parker...
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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 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 Lounett Gore; 2008

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on July 19, 2008 with Lounett Gore at a private residence. Gore was born March 11, 1909 in Jones County, Mississippi. Gore describes growing up and living in a segregated society, the place of faith and gospel...
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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 Jerry Clower; 1973

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on July 12, 1973 with Mr. Jerry Clower at his office in Yazoo City, Mississippi. Howard Gerald Clower was born in 1926 at Route Four, Liberty, Mississippi. After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S....
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    • Oral history with George L. French; 2003

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted George Lewis French was born in June 1919 to Edgar Franklin French and Lila Mae Schull French in Maryville, LA. French was one of five children. French’s family moved to Mississippi when he was twelve years old....
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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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    • Oral history with Jimmy Swan; 1977

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on March 23, 1977 with Mr. Jimmy Swan. Jimmy Swan was born in Cullman County, Alabama, but ran away from home when he was thirteen or fourteen and ended up in Wayne County, Mississippi. He sang in nightclubs and...
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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 Augusta Bates; 2003

    • Oral history.; Augusta Bates was born on May 14, 1923, in Columbia, Mississippi and moved to the section of Gulfport known as the Quarters. From 1942 to 1949, she ran a cafe on the Coast. At the inception of Head Start, she began working in the...
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    • Oral history with Myrtle Brown; 2003

    • Oral history.; Myrtle Brown was born in 1925, in Gulfport, Mississippi. She attended Thirty-third Avenue school. She was a very athletic child, playing sandlot baseball with the neighborhood boys. When she was in seventh grade, Ms. Brown was chosen...
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    • Oral History with Eugene Christy; 2003

    • Oral history.; Eugene Lawrence Christy was born in 1930, in Gulfport, Mississippi. Christy graduated from Thirty-third Avenue High School. In 1951 he was drafted into the military during the Korean War. Upon returning home he began working at the...
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    • 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...
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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 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 Joe Moore; 2003

    • Oral history.; Joe Moore grew up on a large farm in Newton County, one of 16 children. He joined the Navy in 1943 and served in the Pacific. After moving to Gulfport in 1955 he worked for the Veterans Administration, and later became one of the...
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