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Mississippi - Jackson: W.F. Minor Interviewee [Part 1]
Dent, Thomas C.
Tom Dent interviews W. F. Minor in Jackson, Mississippi. They discuss Dent's progress and methodology for Southern Journey. Minor talks about political campaigns in the area and the difficulties facing Black candidates and elected officials. He states that Blacks in Canton experience a lot of infighting which hinders their ability to make progress. Dent and Minor agree that there has always a lot of racial violence in Canton and that the White segregationists were exceptionally tough. For example, in the local church, a catholic priest threatened to remove the White population to a separate church. Minor wrote an article about it for the Times Picayune in New Orleans and was sued for libel. They discuss the sheriff, Billy Noland. Minor notes an incident in 1966 when a Civil Rights initiative was attacked by the authorities with clubs. They discuss the changing demographics of Madison County. Minor states that there are a lot of Whites moving into the lower part of the county. Dent and minor agree that Whites intentionally sew division among the Black community. They discuss a local judge, Judge Cox, who was a particularly bad racist. Minor talks about a time in 1965 when he got a quote from Cox calling Blacks "chimpanzees" and sent it to the New York Times. Minor also discusses Cox's role in the Neshoba murder case. They discuss the importance of John Doer, a federal lawyer who was particularly helpful to the Civil Rights effort in Mississippi. Dent talks about the case dealing with Steele's son who was unlawfully arrested and charged due to poor representation and also the case of a young Black man that was murdered in jail. They also discuss academies and de-facto segregation.
African AmericansCivil rightsJournalisamPoliticsRace relationsSegregation
Jackson (Ms.)Canton (Ms.)Neshoba County (Ms.)New Orleans (La.)Madison County (Ms.)
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Box 153, Item 8, Side 1, Tom Dent collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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