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Bowen, Teresa

Teresa Bowen is currently a vice-president of People’s Bank (“People’s”) in Mendenhall, Miss. Bowen was the first African-American to be hired by People’s. She said that at the time she was hired, she was working at a manufacturing plant and looking for a better job. A man named Willie Magee from the church she attended […]

Norwood, Glascow

The WPA Slave Narratives are interviews with ex-slaves conducted from 1936 through 1938 by the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP), a unit of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Both the FWP and its parent organization, the WPA, were New Deal relief agencies designed by the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to provide jobs for unemployed […]

Perkins, Dr. John

John M. Perkins was born in 1930 on a cotton plantation outside of New Hebron, Miss. Orphaned by his mother’s death from malnutrition, Perkins was raised primarily by his paternal grandmother from the age of seven months. Although he did not realize its significance at the time, the loss of both his parents at such […]

Stephens, Lloyd

According to Lloyd Stephens (“Stephens”), his store Stephens was one of the first, if not the first, business to employ an African-Americans in Mendenhall, Miss. Stephens said that he has always had a great relationship with African-Americans, and he enjoys their business. “We are all created equal, and we are all God’s children,”Stephens said. Many […]

Sullivan, Aleita Ann

Attorney Aleita Ann Sullivan is the daughter of the late Draughn G. and Letha D. Magee. Sullivan’s paternal grandfather, Philip Magee, was one of the original settlers of Magee, Miss. Sullivan’s mother, Letha, taught the first African-American student to attend Magee Elementary in her first grade class. Draughn, Letha’s father, was a well respected sheriff […]

United States v. Mississippi (1986)

(1986) In 1983, Cynthia Fletcher filed a lawsuit against the state of Mississippi and the Simpson County School Board. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a black football coach, a black band director, and a black teacher who each claimed the school board and school district officials were being discriminatory in their hiring and […]

Weathersby, George

The WPA Slave Narratives are interviews with ex-slaves conducted from 1936 through 1938 by the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP), a unit of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Both the FWP and its parent organization, the WPA, were New Deal relief agencies designed by the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to provide jobs for unemployed […]

Weathersby, Steve

The WPA Slave Narratives are interviews with ex-slaves conducted from 1936 through 1938 by the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP), a unit of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Both the FWP and its parent organization, the WPA, were New Deal relief agencies designed by the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to provide jobs for unemployed […]