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    • Oral history with Mr. Troy Catchings Jr.; 1994

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on March 15, 1994 with Troy Catchings, Jr. (born 1942). In 1966, he began working with Coahoma Opportunities, Inc. (COI), an antipoverty agency that serves the African-American and poor white communities of...
    • Oral history with Mr. William Joel Blass

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on March 26, 1977 with William Joel Blass (born 1917). As a lawyer in 1952, he successfully prosecuted the Boyce Holleman case by proving that voter fraud had kept Holleman from winning. Beginning in 1953, he...
    • Oral history with Judge Carter Bise

    • Oral history.; An interview conducted on June 21-22, 2007 with Carter Bise, Chancery Court Judge on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Judge Bise describes his experience in Gulfport during and after Hurricane Katrina.
    • 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 Fannie Lou Hamer; 1972-1973

    • Oral history.; Two interviews conducted on April 14, 1972 and January 25, 1973 with Mississippi civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977). Hamer was a leading figure in the MFDP. She is best known for her 1964 national television...
    • 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 Mr. Andrew R. Carr; 1994

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on March 14, 1994 with Mr. Andrew R. Carr. Carr was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He attended the Naval Academy during World War II, and then enlisted in the Navy. After twelve years in the Navy, Carr...
    • Oral history with Eldridge W. Steptoe, Jr.; 1995

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on November 14, 1995 with Eldridge W. Steptoe Jr. (born 1936). Mr. Steptoe witnessed his father's involvement in the McComb movement of the early 1950s and in the establishing of a local chapter of the NAACP in...
    • Oral history with Minnie Ripley; 1979

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on November 7, 1979 with Mrs. Minnie Ripley on the street named after her, Ripley Street, in Mayersville, Mississippi. Ripley was born on August 22, 1900 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. She attended public schools in...
    • Oral history with Charles Young; 1998

    • Oral history.; Interview with Charles L. Young conducted on November 14, 1998. Charles L. Young was born in Meridian, Mississippi in 1931. He served 2 years in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Young earned his B.S. degree in business...
    • Oral history with John M. Perkins; 2003

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted with John M. Perkins. Reverend John M. Perkins was born to Jasper and Maggie Wallace Perkins in New Hebron, Lawrence County in June 1930. His family were sharecroppers. Perkins’ grandmother had nineteen children;...
    • Oral history with James L. Roberts, Jr.; 2002

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted September 19, 2002; September 26, 2002; October 3, 2002; October 17, 2002; and October 31, 2002. Honorable James Lamar Roberts Jr. was born in the Robbs Community in Pontotoc County on June 8, 1945. He received...
    • 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. ...
    • 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 the Honorable Herman B. DeCell

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on June 9, 1977 with the Honorable Herman B. DeCell in his office in Yazoo City, Mississippi. DeCell enrolled at the University of Mississippi but with the start of World War II, he was called to service. After...
    • Oral history with Horace H. Harned, Jr.

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on November 3, 1993 with Horace H. Harned Jr. (born 1920). He was a former Mississippi State legislator, a member of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, and an active segregationist during the years of...
    • Oral history with Mr. Al Henderson

    • Oral history.; Albert Lloyd Henderson was born in 1928 as William Eugene Ramsey but was adopted in infancy. When he was thirty-nine years old, he found his birth family, five sisters and two brothers. Mr. Henderson grew up in Monroe, Louisiana. ...


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