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    • 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 Ms. Frances E. Joyner

    • Oral history.; Ms. Frances Elkin Joyner was born on November 23, 1909, in Tupelo, Mississippi. She graduated from Tupelo High School and then attended National Park Seminary in Forest Glen, Maryland. She married Ernest Love Joyner, Jr. just...
    • Oral history with Mr. E. Hammond Smith

    • Oral history.; Two interviews conducted on April 8 and 13, 1982 with Mr. E. Hammond Smith at his home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Smith was born on December 17, 1894 in Bladen Springs, Alabama. His family moved to Hattiesburg, Mississippi and...
    • Oral history with Dr. Cora Norman

    • Oral history.; Norman discusses the creation and work of the Mississippi Humanities Council, the people responsible for its early development, and its programs concerning race relations and public education.
    • Oral history with Mrs. Lorita Nelson Jones

    • Oral history.; Mrs. Lorita Nelson Jones was born on July 19, 1909, in Biloxi, Mississippi. Her mother's family were originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, of Creole heritage; her grandmother, Olivia Lewis, spoke only in French. Her father Lamar...
    • 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 Dr. Aaron Henry; 1972

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on May 1, 1972 with Dr. Aaron Henry in his drugstore in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Henry was born on July 2, 1922 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. After serving in World War II, he went to Xavier College (now Xavier...
    • Oral history with Mrs. Boyd O'Neal Keith

    • Oral history.; Mrs. Boyd O'Neal Keith was born on July 17, 1918. In childhood, she worked on her family's 328 acre homestead and attended Daisy Vestry High School. Mrs. Keith worked at a wool mill in Hurley, Mississippi, while also farming and...
    • Oral history with Mr. William J. Simmons

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on June 26, 1979 with Mr. William J. Simmons at his office in Jackson, Mississippi. Simmons was born in 1916 in Utica, Mississippi. He attended Millsaps College and Mississippi College, graduating from the...
    • Oral History with Mr. F.W. Bishop

    • Oral history.;Mr. F.W. Bishop was born on December 11, 1897, near Shaw, Mississippi. His family farmed in the Skene community before moving to Cleveland, Mississippi, in 1911. Mr. Bishop began his education in a one-room schoolhouse in Skene and...
    • 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 Mrs. Martha Sisson Miller

    • Oral history.; Born on November 6, 1916, in Quito, Mississippi, Mrs. Martha Sisson Miller was the daughter of John William Sisson and Myrlea Johnson Sisson. She attended elementary and high school at Indianola City School. She attended Sunflower...
    • Oral history with Mr. Billy Joe McCain, Sr.

    • Oral history.; Mr. Billy Joe McCain, Sr., was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1936. When he was four years old, his parents divorced, and he returned with his mother to her parents' home in Grenada, Mississippi. He attended segregated schools,...
    • Oral history with William Joel Blass; 2002

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on September 7 and 8, 2002 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...
    • 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 Dan M. Lee; 2003

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted February 5, 11, and 12, 2003 with Dan M. Lee. The Honorable Dan M. Lee was born in Petal, Mississippi, on April 19, 1926. He graduated from Petal High School in April 1944. Justice Lee is a World War II...
    • Oral history with Mrs. Lyle James

    • Oral history.; Discusses youth, racial attitudes, and teaching African American and white children as a substitute teacher. Also discusses life during the Great Depression, and rationing during World War II. Talks about the various employment she...


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