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    • Oral history with James C. Simpson

    • Oral history.; Interviews conducted on May 11 and 12, 1992 with James C. Simpson (1930-1994). Simpson was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives from Harrison County in 1964. He served six more consecutive terms covering more than 20...
    • Oral history with Ms. Janelle McComb

    • Oral history.; Mrs. Janelle McComb was born in Lauderdale County, and moved to Tupelo, Mississippi, when two weeks old. As a child, Mrs. McComb enjoyed the annual Mississippi / Alabama Fair and Dairy Show. She survived the Tupelo tornado in her...
    • Oral history with Mr. Buck Wells

    • Oral history.; Mr. Ray William (Buck) Wells was born August 21, 1916, on a dairy farm three-fourths of a mile southwest of Mississippi Normal College (now The University of Southern Mississippi). Sometime around 1920 or 1921 he moved into...
    • Oral history with Dr. John Peoples

    • Oral history.; Peoples discusses his presidency at Jackson State University, racism in the Marine Corps in the 1940s, the Mississippi Humanities Council, and race relations in Mississippi.
    • Oral history with Mrs. Odelier Morgan

    • Oral history.; Born to Denton and Odelier Jones Sr. on June 8, 1926, Odelier Morgan began her life on a plantation in Bolivar County, Mississippi, one of twelve children. She and her family were sharecroppers, and her parents also did day work to...
    • Oral history with Dr. Eleanor Byrd Walters

    • Oral history.; Born on March 28, 1914, Dr. Eleanor Byrd Walters was born in Gunnison, Mississippi. In 1934, she received her B.S. in education from Delta State Teachers College and went on to earn several advanced degrees. From 1934 through 1943...
    • Oral history with Dr. Pete Walker

    • Oral history.; On April 8, 1927, Dr. Pete Walker was born in Lumberton, Mississippi. When Dr. Walker was four years old, his mother passed away. As a child, Dr. Walker worked in his father's cafes. Dr. Walker attended Jones County Junior College...
    • Oral history with Mrs. Billie Rossie Tonos

    • Oral history.; Billie Rossie Tonos was born November 12, 1924, in Shaw, Mississippi, to Nazira Hallal Rossie and Sam Rossie, Americans of Lebanese descent. In May of 1942, she graduated from Shaw High School and enrolled at Delta State Teachers...
    • Oral history with Honorable Unita Blackwell

    • Interviews conducted on 04-21-1977 and 05-12-1977 with Unita Blackwell (born 1933). Ms. Blackwell was a field worker for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1964 and also served that year as a delegate of the Mississippi Freedom...
    • Oral History with Jimmie Jenkins; 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 Jesse Boyce Holleman

    • Oral history.; Three interviews conducted on August 8 and 10, 1976 and October 19, 1976 with Jesse Boyce Holleman (born 1924). He served in the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1947 until 1953. At that time, he became district attorney for...
    • Oral history with Reverend Ted Shepherd

    • Oral history.; Reverend F.T. (Ted) Shepherd was born July 10, 1924, in Greenville, Mississippi. In 1942, he was graduated from Greenville High School. During World War II he served in the armed forces. He graduated from Delta State Teachers...
    • Oral history with Honorable George M. Yarbrough

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on February 21, 1980 with the Honorable George M. Yarbrough at his home. Yarbrough was born on August 15, 1916 at Red Banks, Mississippi. Yarbrough served in the U.S. Army during World War II, achieving the rank...
    • Oral history with Ms. Eleanora Hayes

    • Oral history.; Ms. Eleanora Hayes was born on May 28, 1930, in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. She grew up on her father's farm in Catahoula, Mississippi. During winter months, she and her siblings attended school, and during the six-month...
    • Oral history with Mr. Coygon Robinson, Jr.

    • Oral history.; Mr. Coygon Robinson Jr. was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, on December 3, 1951. He attended Perkins Elementary School and Nichols High School. In the fifth grade, Mr. Robinson got his first set of drums, and he continued to practice...
    • Oral history with James L. Robertson; 2003

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted March 1, April 5, June 6, and June 9, 2003. James Lawton Robertson was born in Greenwood, Mississippi in July of 1940. He attended the University of Mississippi where he earned his bachelor's degree in history. ...


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