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 is a native of Shelby, Ohio, where he lived until he received his medical degree. He speaks fondly of his childhood. He graduated from Shelby Public School System in Ohio. He earned his Bachelors of Science from Western Reserves University and his medical degree from Duke University. After earning his medical degree in 1947, Dr. Mayer and his new wife, a nurse, became a part of a program to fill the shortage of doctors and nurses in rural Mississippi. The program sent him to McComb, Mississippi, where he has lived ever since. In his oral history, Dr. Mayer speaks about segregation and having the first integrated waiting room in McComb, Mississippi. He goes to talk about the success of integration and its effect on McComb.

Dr. William Mayer’s Oral History, part one:

Pike County – Dr. William Mayer 01 from Winter Institute on Vimeo.

Part one of his oral history can also be found here.


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