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Oral history with the Honorable Russell C. Davis, mayor of the City of Jackson

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Creator:Davis, Russell C.
Creator:Caudill, Orley B.
Creator:Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
Title:Oral history with the Honorable Russell C. Davis, mayor of the City of Jackson
Date:1972 Aug. 21

Oral history. Interview conducted on August 21, 1972 with the Honorable Russell C. Davis in his office in Jackson, Mississippi. He was born in Rockville, Maryland. After completing two years at the University of Maryland, Davis took employment in a U.S. Naval gun factory while awaiting a call to the military service. During World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was stationed in Jackson, Mississippi in 1944. After the war, Davis joined his father-in-law in his insurance agency until he was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives. In July of 1969, Davis took office as Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi. He entered office during a tumultuous time in the South and he tried to advocate moderation and peace in the city of Jackson. Davis explains how he tried to keep the peace in the city of Jackson after the Jackson State shootings.

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:Davis, Russell C. | Legislators--Mississippi | Mayors--Mississippi--Jackson | Mayors--Mississippi--Hinds County | Civil rights--Mississippi--Jackson | Civil rights--Mississippi-Hinds County | Civil rights movements--Mississippi--Jackson | Civil rights movements--Mississippi--Hinds County | African Americans--Mississippi--Jackson | African Americans--Mississippi--Hinds County | State governments--Mississippi | Insurance agents--Mississippi | Family--Mississippi | College students--Maryland | Veterans--Mississippi | Ordnance, Naval | Firearms | Peace-building--Mississippi--Jackson | Peace-building--Mississippi--Hinds County | Violence--Mississippi--Jackson | Violence--Mississippi--Hinds County | Shooting--Mississippi--Jackson | Shooting--Mississippi--Hinds County | Men--Mississippi | University of Maryland | Jackson State College--Riot, May 14, 1970 | World War, 1939-1945 | Mississippi. Legislature. House of Representatives | 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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Forms part of the Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive.

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