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Memoirs of John William McAfee, Sr. 1915-2001

Repository: Memphis Public Library & Information Center

Collection Description (CRHP): This transcribed personal narrative contains a great deal about the civil rights movement. He discusses his coverage of the movement as a newscameraman and media coverage of it more broadly. He covered Emmett Till's trial and was the first non-juror to see that those tried were found not guilty. He also covered civil rights demonstrations and activism, including the integration of Ole Miss by James Meredith. In addition, he discusses the murder of Goodman, Schwerner, and Chaney during Freedom Summer.

Collection Description (Extant): John William 'Bill' McAfee, Sr. began his career in film as an assistant projectionist during the silent movie era and remained active through the medium's various transformations. He played an interesting part in socio-history by screening films for Boss Crump's chief censor, Lloyd T. Binford, and Elvis Presley. As a Navy serviceman, he secretly filmed Japanese beachheads for Marine Invasions. As a news cameraman, he worked with correspondents such as Dan Rather, Tom Jerrard, Don Farmer and Peter Jennings and interviewed and documented everything from W.C. Handy to the Civil Rights Movement. He also worked on motion pictures, most notably MGM's Intruder in the Dust, where he enjoyed hanging out with William Faulkner.

Collection URL: External Link

Date(s): 2003

Digital Status: No

Extent: Typescript (97 pages)

Language: English

Interviewees: John William McAfee, Sr.

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


Civil rights movements--Southern States
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
Ku Klux Klan (1915- )
Memphis (Tenn.)
Meredith, James, 1933-
Mississippi Freedom Project
School integration--Mississippi
Television broadcasting of news
Till, Emmett, 1941-1955
Voter registration




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