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    • Oral History with LaMont Martin; 2003

    • Oral history.; LaMont Martin was born in Mobile and moved to Gulfport after his mother's death. After graduating high school, Martin entered the Army and after training, served in England and Germany. Upon returning to Mississippi he completed...
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    • Oral History with Walter Walker; 2002

    • Oral history.; Born in Louisiana in 1924 Walter Walker worked in construction, farming, in seafood factories, and on the railroad. In 1933 he moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Later Mr. Walker worked as a home builder, and in the kitchen and...
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    • Oral history with Bidwell Barnes; 2003

    • Oral history.; Born in 1921, in Pass Christian, Mississippi, Bidwell Barnes left school at age fourteen to help support his family. From 1940 to 1942, Mr. Barnes served in the Civilian Conservation Corps; in 1942 he was drafted into the United...
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    • Oral History with Detroit Whitworth; 2002

    • Oral history.; Born in 1920 in Jayess, Mississippi, Detroit Whitworth grew up helping his parents on their farm. In 1943, he was drafted into the United States Army. He served in New Guinea and the Philippines. After World War II, Mr. Whitworth...
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    • Oral history with Sidney L. Rushing; 2002

    • Oral history.; Sidney Lanier Rushing was born in Carthage, Mississippi in 1930. Rushing earned a B. S. degree in political science from Mississippi Valley State University and an M. Ed. in administration and supervision from Southern University in...
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    • Oral History with Arthur Fairley; 2003

    • Oral history.; One of eighteen children, Arthur Fairley was born in 1918, in Sweet Beulah, Mississippi. His family worked a small farm, growing most of their food. While attending school, Mr. Fairley worked as a child to bring money into his family...
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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 Rev. Joseph W. Pilate; 2003

    • Oral history; Interview conducted on February 6, 2003. Born on February 9, 1923, in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Reverend Joseph W. Pilate is the son of Mr. Arthur Pilate and Mrs. Judie Nichols Pilate. He attended school in Vicksburg, where he played...
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    • Oral History with Albert Gaston Jr.; 2003

    • Oral history.; Born in 1921, in Shuqualak, Mississippi, Albert Gaston and his family moved to Gulfport under the threat of racist violence. Mr. Gaston graduated from Thirty-third Avenue High School as class valedictorian, and went on to Morehouse...
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    • Oral History with Eddie Maston; 2002

    • A collection of interviews with African Americans of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, circa twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, who knew Colonel John Robinson, an African American pilot who was tapped by Ethiopian Emperor Haile Sellassie in the...
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    • Oral history with Ezekiel Rankin; 2002

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted May 28, 2002 at the Rankin home in Claiborne County, Mississippi. He discusses growing up, military service in World War II, education, and employment at Alcorn State University.
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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 Joseph Zuccaro; 2003

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted March 11, 2003. Joseph Stephen Zuccaro Jr. was born November 24, 1923, in Natchez, Mississippi. In 1941, Zuccaro graduated from St. Joseph's High School in Natchez. He volunteered for service in World War II,...
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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 Clifton Thomas; 2003

    • Oral history.; Clifton Thomas was born in Forest, Mississippi in 1920. Mr. Thomas attended rural school at the Crudup Bottom School. In the late 1930s, Mr. Thomas joined the Civilian Conservation Corps preventing and fighting forest fires. After...
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    • Oral history with Julian Beck Feibleman; 1974

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on March 26, 1974 with Rabbi Julian B. Feibelman in his office at the Temple Sinai in New Orleans, Louisiana. Feibelman was born on March 23, 1897 in Jackson, Mississippi. He remained in Jackson for the first...
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    • Oral history with Oliver D. Gilmer; 1999

    • Oral history.; Interview with Oliver D. Gilmer recorded on October 25, 1999. Reverend Oliver D. Gilmer was born in rural Kentucky on May 31, 1927. Growing up on a farm, he attended a one-teacher school from primer through eighth grade. He was...
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    • Oral history with Mr. Erle Johnston

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on August 13, 1993 with Mr. Erle Johnston at his home in Forest, Mississippi. Johnston was born on October 10, 1917 in Garyville, Louisiana. In 1941, he moved Forest, Mississippi and bought the fledgling...
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