People

Mackel, Audley Maurice

Audley Maurice Mackel was a prominent dentist from Natchez who resurrected the Natchez chapter of the NAACP in the spring […]

Magee, Ruby

Ruby Magee, born in Tylertown, Mississippi, became active in the civil rights movement during the early sixties while she was […]

Magee, Sylvester

Sylvester Magee¬†(May 29, 1841 – October 15, 1971), is believed to be the last surviving American slave. However, as there […]

Mars, Florence

Florence Mars (1923-2006) was a native Mississippian who spent much of her life in Neshoba County. She graduated from the […]

Marsh, Charles

Author of “The Last Days: a Son’s Story of Sin and Segregation at the Dawn of a New South.” This […]

Marshall, Susie

Susie Marshall served over forty-one years from 1937 to 1978 as an educator in Oxford and Lafayette County. She was […]

Marszalek, John and Jeanne

John F. Marszalek graduated from Canisius College and the University of Notre Dame. A member of the Mississippi State University […]

Martin, Doroth M.

DOROTHY M. MARTIN was born in Tallahatchie County on June 24, 1952. She attended Northwest Mississippi Junior College and graduated […]

Martin, Joe: Oral History

Joe Martin was a native of Pike County, Mississippi. He was very involved with race relations in his community. One […]

Marx, Leopold

Leopold Marx was a Jewish immigrant who emigrated from Germany to avoid the draft. He settled in Mississippi and began […]

Mason, Gilbert

Gilbert R. Mason was born on Oct. 7, 1928 to Mr. Willie Atwood Mason and Mrs. Alean Jackson Mason. He […]

Matthews, Burnita Shelton

Burnita Shelton Matthews, born near Hazlehurst in 1894, became the first woman to be appointed to the Federal District Court […]

Matthews, Carolyn: Oral History

Carolyn Matthews was born in 1946 in Philadelphia, MS, which she describes as a normal, quiet, small town. ¬†Her father […]

Mayer, Dr. William: Oral History

Dr. William Mayer is a physician in McComb, Mississippi, who has lived in the town for over 60 years. He […]

McCarty, Osceola

Osceola McCarty was a poor washerwoman from Shubuta, MS. She became one of the most famous women to have lived […]

McDew, Charles “Chuck”: Oral History

Charles “Chuck” McDew participated in the civil rights movement in many parts of the American South, including Mississippi. He was […]

McGee, Joyce: Oral History

Joyce McGee talks about her education at Burglund High School and race relations in McComb while growing up. She speaks […]

McGee, Willie

On December 3, 1945, Willie McGee, an African-American resident of Laurel, was indicted by an all-white Jones County grand jury […]

McInnis, Hattie V.J.

McInnis was the first music teacher of Leontyne Price and the first minority columnist for the Laurel Leader-Call (then known […]

McKenzie, Rev. Advial

Rev. Advial McKenzie was a human rights activist. He is currently Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Quitman, Clarke County, […]

McLaurin, Charles

In the 1960s, Charles McLaurin came to Ruleville as part of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), in order to […]

Melton, Clinton

The September 1955 acquittal of JW Milam and Roy Bryant for the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till fueled further racial […]

Meredith, James

James Meredith, a well-known Civil Rights activist in the mid-’60s, was born and raised in Kosciusko, the county seat of […]

Metcalf, George and Jackson, Wharlest

George Metcalf and Wharlest Jackson both worked at the Armstrong Tire and Rubber Company and both were active members of […]

Metz, George

Metz was an investigative journalist during the Civil Rights Movement. He became famous for his work during the 1964 murders […]

Metzger, Thurl

Thurl Metzger, former Heifer executive director, was involved in the project since its inception, visiting the Prentiss campus many times. […]

Middleton, Ray

Ray Middleton was a preacher in Batesville who tried to obtain voting rights before the Civil Rights Movement started. Sources: […]

Miles, Robert

Robert Miles provided leadership during the Civil Rights Movement in the city of Batesville. Miles worked with COFO to register […]

Miller, T.J.

T.J. Miller was one of the ten people gathered at Mt. Zion Baptist Church for a finance meeting on June […]

Mitchell, John Jordan

John Jordan Mitchell, son of Mose Duncan Mitchell, became the first and only black electrician with the Tishomingo County Electric […]

Mitchell, Mose Duncan

After stepping down as principal of the black school, he studied electricity on his own and later ran the power […]

Mollison, W. E.

W.E. Mollison was an early leader for equal rights in Mississippi and served as historical inspiration for noted activists like […]

Monley, Queene Campbell: Oral History

While not heavily involved with the Civil Rights Movement, Queene Campbell Monley was there to witness her sister’s treatment as […]

Moody, Anne

Anne Moody, author of A Coming of Age in Mississippi, was born in Wilkinson County in 1940. Her book is […]

Moody, John: Oral History

John Moody participated in the Freedom Rides in 1961. He first describes the mob violence in Birmingham. Moody then speaks […]

Moore, Amzie

Moore was a postal worker as well as a businessman. Moore owned and operated a filling station on Highway 61 […]

Moore, Calvin

Sheriff of Covington County during the Voter Registration Movement of 1964. Sources: http://www.usm.edu/crdp/html/transcripts/manuscript-mclaurin_griffin.shtml

Moore, Charles E. and Dee, Henry Hezekiah

The two friends, a sawmill worker and a college student, were 19 when they disappeared in May 1964, last seen […]

Morris, Leonard

Leonard Morris was one of the first black graduates from the University of Mississippi in 1971. He worked in stimulating […]

Moses, Robert “Bob”

Robert Moses was born in 1935 and was a major contributor towards the fight towards social equity for all, becoming […]

Mulholland, Joan Trumpower: Oral History

Joan Trumpower Mulholland participated in the Freedom Rides in 1961. She describes the conditions at the prison in comparison to […]

Myers, Lulla

Presently, Lulla Myers is president of the Prentiss Institute board of directors, the only remaining functioning body of the school […]