James Young grew up in rural Neshoba County where he and his family lived off the land. He and several other children integrated Neshoba County schools under the “Freedom of Choice Plan.” He was nine years old when the civil rights workers Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner were murdered and remembers what their arrival and deaths meant to the community. He worked as a paramedic for sixteen years before becoming the first black person to be elected to the Neshoba County Board of Supervisors. He served as the 2004 president of the board.
Mr. Young’s oral history, part 1 of 13:
Part 1 of 13 of his oral history can also be viewed here.
Neshoba County: African-American Heritage Driving Tour of Philadelphia Mississippi.http://www.neshobajustice.com/documents/RootsofStruggle.pdf