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Copyright protected. Use of this item beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U. S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission of Delta State University is required to publish or reproduce. Contact University Archives, Delta State University, ( 662) 846- 4780. Mississippi Digital Library Identification: mcd. oh. williams_ 356 Page 1 of 13 Interviewer: Ambrose Webster Interviewee: Jessie Williams Date: March 7, 2001 A. W.: My name is Ambrose Webster I’m with Delta State University and we’re doing an oral history of the Civil Rights Movement and the sixties, what happened in the sixties. If you will, would you state your name for us please? J. W.: Okay, my name is Jessie Bernice Franklin Williams. A. W.: And when were you born and where were you born? J. W.: Uh, on January 31, 1944 in Greenville, Mississippi. A. W.: Greenville, ’ 44. J. W.: Yes, yes ’ 44, war baby, yes. A. W.: Well what I want you to do is I want you to help come up with some questions for the real interview, questions that you can express to people who are going to reading and hearing this interview in the future of what happened… paint us a picture and help us come up with questions that I can ask at the next interview. Paint a picture for the people in the future. Tell us a little bit, if you would, about your childhood and growing up. J. W.: I grew up in Greenville, MS in the 40’ s and the 50’ s and we know that this is a period of the segregated period. I grew up then, you could call it, in the center of a heart of the city. About 4 blocks south of Washington Avenue, which was then main street of that particular town. My parents were average at that time. My father learned to lay bricks and my mother was a housewife, there were ten of us. Five girls and five boys. I attended the elementary school, the name was the Lucy L. Webb School, named for one of the older persons there, after I graduated from elementary school, we had elementary school then, I went to Coleman High School, which was the only black school in the city at that particular time. A. W.: And what year did you graduate from that school?
|Title||Oral History with Jessie Williams|
|Description||Transcription of an oral history interview conducted in two parts with Jessie Bernice Franklin Williams of Greenville, Mississippi. Williams speaks of her experiences as a young African American woman growing up during the 40s and 50s in Greenville as well as her experiences as an educator after graduating college.|
|Date||29 March 2001|
|Coverage (time period)||1944-2001|
Segregation in education.
|Mississippi county||Washington County (Miss.)|
|Geographic location||Greenville (Miss.)|
|Format||Digital reproduction of a 13-page oral history transcript.|
Mississippi Digital Library. (electronic version)
Delta State University Archives and Museum.
|Contributors||Webster, Ambrose II.; Electronic version made available through a National Leadership Grant for Libraries from the Institute for Museum and Library Services to the University of Southern Mississippi.|
|Rights||Copyright protected. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission of Delta State University is required to publish or reproduce. Contact University Archives, Delta State University, (662) 846-4780.|
|Contributing institution||Delta State University Archives and Museum, Delta State University.|
|Collection||Delta State University Oral History Collection.|
|Digital repository||Mississippi Digital Library.|
|Digital collection||Delta State University.|
|File size||130.13 KB|