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Oral history with Mr. Erle Johnston

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Creator:Johnston, Erle
Creator:Katagiri, Yasuhiro, 1960-
Creator:Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
Title:Oral history with Mr. Erle Johnston
Date:1993 Aug. 13

Oral history. Interview conducted on August 13, 1993 with Mr. Erle Johnston at his home in Forest, Mississippi. Johnston was born on October 10, 1917 in Garyville, Louisiana. In 1941, he moved Forest, Mississippi and bought the fledgling newspaper, Scott County Times. Johnston served as publisher until the paper was sold in 1983. Between 1942 and 1959, Johnston was involved in numerous statewide political campaigns including John Stennis's senatorial campaign and Ross Barnett's campaign for governor in 1955 and 1959. In 1963, Johnston was elected to the position of director of the Sovereignty Commission, which he held until 1968. Johnston became the mayor of Forest, Mississippi in 1981 and held that position until 1985. He is the author of three books: I Rolled With Ross, Mississippi's Defiant Years, and Politics: Mississippi Style.

Electronic version made available through a National Leadership Grant for Libraries from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Types:Transcripts | Oral histories | Text
Subjects:Johnston, Erle | Barnett, Ross R. (Ross Robert), 1898-1987 | Stennis, John C. (John Cornelius), 1901-1995 | Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission | Civil rights--Mississippi | Mayors--Mississippi--Forest | Mayors--Mississippi--Scott County | Segregation--Mississippi | State governments--Mississippi | Newspaper publishing--Mississippi--Forest | Authors--Mississippi--Forest | United States, Mississippi, Forest | United States, Mississippi, Scott County
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. 276, pt. 2, McCain Library, University of Southern Mississippi.

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Forms part of the Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive.

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