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    • 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 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.
    • Oral history with Harry Kegler; 2000

    • Oral history.; Interview with Harry Kegler conducted on March 22, 2000. Harry Kegler was born in Grenada, Mississippi in 1949. He joined the struggle for civil rights and worked with several leaders of the movement including: Hosea Williams, Andy...
    • Oral history with Fred L. Banks, Jr.; 2003

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on March 25, 2003 with Judge Fred L. Banks, Jr. (born 1942). In the late 1960s, Judge Banks began his law career by serving for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. He was elected three times to the House...
    • Oral history with Mr. Rims Barber; 1995

    • Oral history.; An interview conducted on July 5, 1995 with Mr. Rims Barber (born 1936). In 1964, he was a twenty-seven-year-old Presbyterian minister in Davenport, Iowa. He came to Mississippi in response to a request for volunteers to help with...
    • Oral history with Dr. W.J. Cunningham

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on August 6, 1981 with Dr. W. J. Cunningham at his home in Memphis, Tennessee. William Jefferson Cunningham was born on December 23, 1905 in Iuka, Mississippi. In 1929, he graduated from the University of...
    • 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 Denton R. Everett; 2003

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted with Denton R. Everett. Denton Ray Everett was born in Puckett, MS on February 1918 to Frank and May Everett. After graduating from D’Lo High School, Everett went into the Civilian Conservation Corps. After the...
    • Oral history with Richard Marsh; 2012

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted with Richard K. Marsh on October 29, 2012 in Gulfport, Mississippi on the Gulf Coast Campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. Marsh was born April 22, 1962 in Gulfport. He talks about some of the...
    • Oral history with Mr. Fred Clark, Sr.; 1994

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on June 10, 1994 with Fred Clark Sr. (born 1943). Mr. Clark grew up in the segregated society of Jackson, Mississippi. He was educated in Jackson, attending Smith Robertson Elementary School, Rowan Junior High,...
    • Oral history with Roy Jones; 2003

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted with Roy Jones. Roy Powers Jones was born to Wilson Jones and Ellen Smith on the Goodwater Community near Magee, Mississippi in August, 1909. He attended Goodwater Elementary and Magee High School. Jones married...
    • Oral history with Gladys Noel Bates; 1996

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on December 23, 1996 with Gladys Noel Bates. Bates received her A.B. degree from Tougaloo College, and her M.A. from West Virginia University. She taught in Jackson, Mississippi public schools until 1948 when she...
    • 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....
    • Oral history with Virginia May; 2003

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted with Virginia May. Virginia Abney Thompson May was born to Hezekiah Burton Thompson and Georgia Vashti Cassity in Gurley, LA in October 1917. She had a brother and a sister. May's mother died in 1922, and her...
    • Oral history with Gaynette C.F. Pugh; 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...


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