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Oral history with Mrs. Ellie J. Dahmer

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Creator:Dahmer, Ellie J., 1925-
Creator:Caudill, Orley B.
Creator:Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
Title:Oral history with Mrs. Ellie J. Dahmer
Date:1974 July 2

Oral history. Interview conducted on July 2, 1974 with Mrs. Ellie J. Dahmer at her home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Dahmer was born in Jasper County, Mississippi in 1925. After completing high school at Jasper County Training School she attended Alcorn A&M College, now Alcorn State University. After her sophomore year, she transferred to Tennessee A&F in Nashville, Tennessee where she finished her degree. In 1951, she began teaching in Forrest County, Mississippi. It was there that Dahmer met and married Vernon Dahmer, a civil rights' activist and two-term president of the local chapter of the NAACP. In 1966, the Dahmer's house was firebombed by the Klu Klux Klan as a result of Vernon Dahmer's work in the civil rights movement in Mississippi. Vernon Dahmer died shortly thereafter due to lung damage caused by smoke inhalation. Ellie Dahmer taught school for many years in Richton, Mississippi until her retirement in 1987.

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Types:Transcripts | Oral histories | Text
Subjects:Dahmer, Ellie J., 1925- | Dahmer, Vernon Ferdinand, 1908-1966 | African American women--Mississippi--Interviews | African American women civil rights workers--Mississippi--Interviews | African Americans--Mississippi | African American civil rights workers--Mississippi | Civil rights workers--Mississippi | Civil rights--Mississippi | Civil rights movements--Mississippi | Married persons--Mississippi | Widowers--Mississippi | Wives--Mississippi | Bombings--Mississippi | Hate crimes--Mississippi | Victims of violent crimes--Mississippi | Violence--Mississippi | Civil rights workers--Violence against--Mississippi | African Americans--Violence against--Mississippi | High schools--Alumni and alumnae--Mississippi | Race relations | Teachers--Mississippi | College students--Mississippi | College graduates--Mississippi | African Americans--Education (Higher) | African American universities and colleges--Mississippi | Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College--Students | Ku Klux Klan (1915- ) | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People | United States, Mississippi, Hattiesburg | United States, Mississippi, Forrest County | United States, Mississippi, Jasper County, 32.0191127, -89.1188598 | United States, Tennessee, Davidson County, Nashville, 36.1658899, -86.7844432 | United States, Mississippi, Richton
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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