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Oral history with Dr. W.J. Cunningham

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Creator:Cunningham, W. J.
Creator:Caudill, Orley B.
Creator:Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
Title:Oral history with Dr. W.J. Cunningham
Date:1981 Aug. 6

Oral history. Interview conducted on August 6, 1981 with Dr. W. J. Cunningham at his home in Memphis, Tennessee. William Jefferson Cunningham was born on December 23, 1905 in Iuka, Mississippi. In 1929, he graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in liberal arts. Cunningham went on to obtain a Master of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology of Emory University. In 1952, Millsaps College conferred on him the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity. After serving various congregations around the South, Cunningham was appointed to the Galloway Memorial Methodist Church in Jackson, Mississippi. His appointment, from September 1, 1963 through June 1, 1966, was short and fierce. The official board of Galloway had adopted an illegal resolution to bar African Americans from the Galloway church. Cunningham's task was to unite the congregation around an open door policy. He became one of the ministers who lost his pulpit in the struggle for civil rights in the 1960's.

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Types:Transcripts | Oral histories | Text
Subjects:Cunningham, W. J. | Civil rights--Mississippi | Clergy--Mississippi--Interviews | Galloway Memorial Methodist Church (Jackson, Miss.) | Methodist Church--Mississippi--Clergy--Interviews | Jackson (Miss.)--Race relations | Race discrimination--Mississippi--Jackson | Race discrimination--Mississippi--Hinds County | United States, Mississippi, Hinds County, Jackson, 32.2987573, -90.1848103
Collection:USM Oral History
Institution:University of Southern Mississippi Libraries
Contributors:University of Southern Mississippi. Libraries
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Mississippi Oral History Program of the University of Southern Mississippi, vol. 639, McCain Library, University of Southern Mississippi.

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