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Penitentiary records

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Creator:Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission
Title:Penitentiary records
Date:1965 Oct.-1965 Nov.

Records collected by the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission on interracial crime in Mississippi. The file consists of letters between Erle Johnston and C. E. Breaseale, Superintendent of the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman. Johnston wrote Breaseale seeking information about white people convicted of crimes against African Americans to respond to charges that whites in Mississippi weren't punished for interracial crimes. The file ends with a six page report of white criminals, their crimes against African Americans, and their punishments.

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Types:Letters (correspondence) | Reports | Text
Subjects:Johnston, Erle--Correspondence | African Americans--Crimes against--Mississippi | Criminals--Mississippi | Mississippi--Race relations--History--20th century | Race relations | Men, White--Mississippi | Mississippi State Penitentiary | United States, Mississippi, Parchman, 33.9178907, -90.4964822 | United States, Mississippi, Sunflower County, 33.4980504, -90.602067
Collection:Series 2515 : Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission Records Online, 1994-2006, Folders
Institution:Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Contributors:Mississippi. Department of Archives and History
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from Penitentiary Records, Sovereignty Commission records, Mississippi Department of Archives and History

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Forms part of Series 2515 : Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission Records Online, 1994-2006

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