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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 Wendell Taylor; 2003

    • Oral history.; Reverend Wendell P.C. Taylor was born in 1915, in Rankin County, Mississippi. His grandparents, all born around 1847, had been slaves; his grandmother was one of the first African American teachers in Mississippi, and his grandfather...
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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 Evelyn Dorsey Polk; 1998

    • Oral history.; Interview with Evelyn Dorsey Polk conducted on November 30, 1998. Evelyn Dorsey Polk was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1919. She earned a B.A. in history from Fisk University, then a B.S. in library science from the University of...
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    • Oral history with Willie T. Allen; 2008

    • Oral history.; Interview with Willie T. Allen conducted on Ferbuary 18, 2008. Willie T. Allen was born in southwest Grenada County in 1930. Allen graduated from high school in 1951 and served 2 years in the United States Army in clerical service....
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    • Oral history with Alvin Fielder; 1998

    • Oral History.; Alvin Fielder was born in 1900 in Newton County, Mississippi. He worked for Standard Drug Company in Meridian during the 1930s and passed the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy in 1933. He opened his own pharmacy in Meridian in 1934, which...
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    • Oral History with Harry Tartt; 2002

    • Oral history.; Harry Tartt attended Mobile County Training School in Plateau, Alabama, and New Orleans University (now Dillard University) in New Orleans, Louisiana, from which he graduated summa cum laude in 1933. From 1934 through 1937, Reverend...
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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...
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    • Oral history with Alfred Brown Jr.; 2003

    • Oral history.; Born in Gulfport, Mississippi in 1932, Alfred Brown attended Thirty-third Avenue High School from which he graduated. He was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, and he served for one year and nine months....
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    • Oral history with Lee Willie Miller; 1999

    • Oral history.; Interview with Lee Willie Miller conducted on July 29, 1999. Lee Willie Miller was born in 1917 in Stampley, Mississippi on a 220-acre plantation owned by her father. After her father died, she moved to Jackson in 1930 and then to...
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    • Oral history with Roy Noble Lee; 2003

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted June 4, 2003 with Roy Noble Lee. Roy Noble Lee was born on October 19, 1915, to Percy Mercer Lee and Hattie May (Nutt) Lee, the second of eight siblings. He was educated in the Forest Public Schools and was a...
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    • Oral History with Ella Lawrence; 2003

    • Oral history,; Ella Lawrence graduated from Thirty-third Avenue High School in Gulfport and worked with children as a caregiver in private homes and later with the Head Start program. She was active in civic and church groups and received awards...
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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 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 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 Minnie Ripley; 1979

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on November 7, 1979 with Mrs. Minnie Ripley on the street named after her, Ripley Street, in Mayersville, Mississippi. Ripley was born on August 22, 1900 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. She attended public schools in...
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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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