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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 Celestine Labat; 2002

    • Oral history.; Celestine Labat graduated from high school in Indianapolis, Indiana as there were no high schools for black students in 1918 in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. One of thirteen children of a Catholic French Creole family, she became a...
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    • Oral History with Harry Tartt; 2002

    • Oral history.; Harry Tartt attended Mobile County Training School in Plateau, Alabama, and New Orleans University (now Dillard University) in New Orleans, Louisiana, from which he graduated summa cum laude in 1933. From 1934 through 1937, Reverend...
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    • 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...
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    • Oral history with Peter H. Stewart; 1997

    • Oral history.; Two interviews conducted on August 20, 1997 and August 28, 1997 with Peter H. Stewart (born 1934). He began teaching school in Edwards, Mississippi, in the fall of 1961. In August 1969, he worked for Friends of Children, a Head Start...
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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 Mr. Percy Greene; 1972

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on December 14, 1972 with Mr. Percy Greene at his office in Jackson, Mississippi. Greene was born on September 7, 1897 in Jackson, Mississippi and died on April 16, 1977. He was very active in the civil rights...
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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 Oseola McCarty; 1996

    • Oral history.; Miss Oseola McCarty was born on March 7, 1908, in Wayne County, Mississippi. McCarty attended Eureka Elementary School until the sixth grade when she dropped out to care for an aunt who was ill. While still in school, McCarty began...
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    • Oral History with Willie Merrell; 2003

    • Oral history.; Willie Mae Merrell grew up in rural Liberty, Mississippi and moved to Gulfport in 1935 to complete high school at Thirty-third Avenue High School. After raising 14 children she returned to her education and graduated from the...
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    • Oral history with Unita Blackwell Wright; 1977

    • Oral history.; 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...
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    • Oral History with Wendell Taylor; 2003

    • Oral history.; Reverend Wendell P.C. Taylor was born in 1915, in Rankin County, Mississippi. His grandparents, all born around 1847, had been slaves; his grandmother was one of the first African American teachers in Mississippi, and his grandfather...
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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 John Dawson; 2003

    • Oral history.; Born on December 8, 1923, in Lumberton, Mississippi, Mr. John Dawson was one of the children of Mr. David and Mrs. Hattie Johnson Dawson. John Dawson moved with his family to the Soria City community in Gulfport, Mississippi at the...
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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 James J. Smith; 2003

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted with James J. Smith. James J. Smith was born to Rosie Washington and William Smith in Natchez, Mississippi in February 1907. Smith moved to Simpson County at the age of nineteen. He worked for the Finkbine Lumber...
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    • Oral history with Alvin Fielder; 1998

    • Oral History.; Alvin Fielder was born in 1900 in Newton County, Mississippi. He worked for Standard Drug Company in Meridian during the 1930s and passed the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy in 1933. He opened his own pharmacy in Meridian in 1934, which...
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