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    • Oral history with Jack Liggans; 2002

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted April 22, 2002 in Claiborne County, Mississippi. Jack Liggans was born July 15, 1921 in Claiborne County to George Liggans, Sr. and Bessie Butler. He was educated at Watson Chapel School and Claiborne County...
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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 Gaynette C.F. Pugh; 2003

    • Oral History.; Interview conducted on March 4, 2003. Born on April 1, 1916, in Grove Hill, Alabama, Clark County, Mrs. Gaynette Cox Flowers Pugh was one of seven children born to Mr. George Cox Sr. and Mrs. Susie Alma Dickinson. When her mother was...
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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 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.
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    • Oral history with Bessie Randall; 2003

    • Oral history.; Interview with Bessie Mae Peters Randall conducted on April 8, 2003. Bessie Randall was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. At age six she moved to Gulfport, where she was educated. She considered becoming a beautician, but opted...
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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 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 Jimmie Jenkins; 2003

    • Oral history.; Jimmie Jenkins was born in 1937, in DeRidder, Louisiana, and his family moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1941. In 1954, he graduated from Turkey Creek High School. After serving three years in the United States Army, Mr....
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    • Oral history with Jimmie Person; 2001

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on June 5, 2001 with Jimmie W. Person. Jimmie Person was born in Port Gibson, Mississippi, on August 5, 1924 to James W. Person and Mary Anna Gage Person. He attended local public schools in Port Gibson through...
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    • Oral history with Carl Boren; 2001

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted with Carl Boren at the Boren residence on May 29, 2001. Boren discusses his family history, folkways, and conditions growing up in Claiborne County, Mississippi. From a family of sharecroppers, he describes what...
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    • Oral History with Annie M. Johnson; 2003

    • Oral history.; Born in 1918, in Shuqualak, Mississippi, Annie M. Johnson and her family fled under threat of racist violence and settled in Gulfport. In 1936, Mrs. Johnson graduated from Thirty-third Avenue High School; in 1940 she graduated from...
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    • Oral history with Bettye Brooks; 2003

    • Oral history.; Bettye Brooks was born in 1938, in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Brooks attended Thirty-third Avenue Elementary School and High School. As a junior Brooks attended Tougaloo Preparatory School, an accelerated learning program at Tougaloo...
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    • Oral history with Georgia Clark; 1999

    • Oral history.; Georgia Clark was born in Durant, Mississippi in Holmes County in 1923. She grew up on on the Harvey Bristol plantation where her father was a sharecropper. Clark attended school up to eighth grade and married at the age of 16. She...
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    • Oral history with James Madison Johnson; 2000

    • Oral history.; James Madison Johnson was born on March 17, 1955, in Laurel, Mississippi. He earned a B.S. degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and served in the Navy both full-time and in the reserves. In Biloxi, he acquired real...
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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 Umoja Kwanguvu; 1999

    • Oral history.; An interview conducted on June 8, 1999 with Umoja Kwanguvu (born 1925). Umoja Kwanguvu, born William Jones, grew up in Birmingham, Alabama in the 1940s and 1950s, he served briefly in the Army and Air Force before earning his...
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