The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Port Gibson, Mississippi
Repository: Indiana University. Center for the Study of History and Memory
Collection Description (Extant): The interviews in this collection primarily discuss civil rights issues in Claiborne County, Mississippi. Some topics discussed are Black voter registration, school integration, and freedom of choice. The interviewees' childhoods, including the Great Depression and World War II, are also talked about in the interviews.
Anonymous was a guidance counselor at Port Gibson High School in Mississippi. She speaks about her childhood, the Great Depression, and her education that allowed her to become a guidance counselor. She discusses, in more depth, her duties at the high school and the difficulties of school integration that occurred in the late nineteen sixties and early nineteen seventies.
Ezekial Rankin speaks about his childhood and education. he discusses living conditions during the Great Depression. He describes his experiences in the military during World War II including his travels, and the racism he encountered. He discusses his role in black voter registration in the area (Mississippi). He discusses the NAACP and the civil rights movement. Rankin shares some family history. He talks about how the community, the country, and the government have changed throughout his lifetime and the pros and cons of these changes. He discusses the jobs he's held, especially farming, as well as his family and the values he's both learned and tried to instill.
Origin Info: The interviews were conducted as research for the Ph.D. dissertation "Common Courtesy: The Civil Rights Movement in Claiborne County, Mississippi," by Emilye Crosby.
Digital Status: No
Existing IDs: ohrc107
Extent: 8 cassette tapes, 1 7/8 ips, 312 minutes; partial transcription
Finding Aid URL: http://purl.dlib.indiana.edu/iudl/findingaids/cshm/ohrc107
Interviewees: Ezekial Rankin
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American veterans
Civil rights movements--Mississippi
Claiborne County (Miss.)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People