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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.
    • Finding aid for the Colmer (William M.) Papers.

    • Materials in this collection were donated by William M. Colmer: First accession-1970. Additional information online at:
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    • Oral history with Edmond Boudreaux, Jr.

    • Oral history.; An interview conducted on August 2, 2007 and October 9, 2007 with Edmond Boudreaux, Jr., a longtime Mississippi Gulf Coast resident and active local historian of the region. Mr. Boudreaux discusses the impact of Hurricane Katrina on...
    • Oral history with Erskine Caldwell

    • Oral history.; An interview conducted on August 25, 1971 with Erskine Caldwell (1903-1987). Mr. Caldwell was a prominent American author whose works include Tobacco Road, (1932) and God's Little Acre (1933).
    • Oral history with Hollis Watkins; 1996

    • Oral history.; Three interviews conducted on October 23, 29, and 30, 1996 with Hollis Watkins (born 1941), the twelfth child of sharecroppers. Mr. Watkins was jailed for participating in the Woolsworth's lunch counter sit-in in McComb and a...
    • Oral history with Obie Clark; 1999

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted March 13, 1999. Mr. Obie Clark was born in 1932 near Dekalb, Mississippi. He graduated from Mississippi Industrial College and taught school in Meridian, Mississippi. During the 1960s, he was active with the...
    • Oral history with Zella Weathersby; 1997

    • Oral history.; Zella McNair Weathersby was born January 1, 1929, in Mt. Olive, Mississippi. Mrs. Weathersby graduated from high school from Depriest (now known as Earl Travillion) in Hattiesburg. She attended Jackson State College and later did...
    • Oral history with Franzetta Sanders; 2000

    • Oral history.; Interview with Franzetta Sanders conducted on May 17, 2000. Franzetta W. Sanders was born in Moss Point, Mississippi in 1936. She joined the NAACP in the early 1960s and became increasingly involved in the movement for civil rights....
    • Oral history with David Wertz; 2008

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted January 25, 2008. Dr. David Lee Wertz was born on February 3, 1940, in Hammond, Indiana. Wertz was educated in Munster, Indiana, for his grammar school and received his BS from Arkansas State University. He...
    • Oral history with Jerry E. Richard; 2003

    • 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...
    • Oral history with Joseph E. Wroten; 1993

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on November 4, 1993 with Joseph E. Wroten (born 1925). Mr. Wroten became famous as one of only two Mississippi House Representatives who voted in favor of allowing blacks to enroll at the University of...
    • Oral history with James P. Miller; 2000

    • Oral History.; Interview conducted on May 24, 2000. James P. Miller was born in Blaine, Mississippi in 1931 where his parents were sharecroppers. He moved to the Gulf Coast and began to work first for the International Paper Company and then as a...
    • Oral history with Mr. W.S. Griffin

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on July 19, 1978 with Mr. W.S. Griffin at his home in Jackson, Mississippi. Griffin was born on October 15, 1913 near Mantee, Mississippi, in Webster County. In 1936, he accepted a position as a teacher and coach...
    • Oral history with Honorable Hervey O. Hicks

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on September 2, 1976 with the Honorable Hervey O. Hicks at his home in Benton, Mississippi. Hicks was born on a farm near Benton, Mississippi, in Yazoo County in 1900. In 1931, he ran a successful campaign for...


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