Ira Harkey was the outspoken editor of The Pascagoula Chronicle (now the Mississippi Press) from 1948-63. Harkey’s writings called for peaceful integration of schools, noting that local leaders were essential to this effort. Harkey believed James Meredith deserved the opportunity to attend Ole Miss and, despite death threats, he wrote in favor of that position. […]
Carver High School was the high school for African Americans. The first year the Tupelo schools were integrated the city placed all the tenth graders, black and white, at Carver. Harry Grayson, who was the principal for the African American school, was appointed the principal of Carver. Sources: Interview with Vera Dukes.
Bilbo Rodgers participated in Freedom Summer 1964 on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Rodgers was born in November 1924 to a sharecropping family in Louisville, Mississippi. Following service in the Army during World War II, Rogers moved to Pascagoula to work at the International Paper Company, a job he would hold for thirty-five years. During Freedom […]
Julia Rodgers Holmes was born on May 12, 1950 in Meridian, Mississippi. She is the daughter of Bilbo and Claudia Rodgers and the eldest of seven children. She spent her childhood in Pascagoula, Mississippi. She attended Skip Street Elementary, graduated from Carver High in 1968 as valedictorian of her class, and attended the University of […]
Franzetta Sanders was born on September 2, 1936 in Moss Point. In the 1960s, she was an active member in the local NAACP, working to integrate public accommodations. She was integral in bringing Head Start to the Gulf Coast, and served first as a teacher, and then as the Director of Resource Centers. Sanders sued […]
The “Colored School”was opened in 1890. In 1904, Scranton and Pascagoula merged into the city of Pascagoula, and the two-roomed “Colored School”was opened. The school was located between Skip and Tucker Streets. The home was moved from its original location to make room for the new Pascagoula Negro Carver High School, which would become Carver […]
Deborah Rand, a graduate of Carleton College and a Freedom Summer 1964 Volunteer, worked in Moss Point on voter registration and at the Freedom School. She later served as a teacher, then became a lawyer focused on housing issues. Sources: Civil Rights Movement Veteran Roll Call, http://www.crmvet.org/vet/randd.htm.
Dubose’s Barber Shop in Moss Point was a meeting place for community members engaged in civil rights work in the area. The Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission had informers and agents observe the barber shop. Sources: Files of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, http://www.mdah.state.ms.us.