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Oral history with Mr. Erle Johnston

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Creator:Johnston, Erle
Title:Oral history with Mr. Erle Johnston
Date:1980 July 30

Oral history. Interview conducted on July 30, 1980 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.

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

Types:Transcripts | Oral histories
Subjects:Johnston, Erle | Barnett, Ross R. (Ross Robert), 1898-1987 | Stennis, John C. (John Cornelius), 1901-1995 | Newspaper editors--Mississippi--Forest | Newspaper editors--Mississippi--Scott County | Segregation--Mississippi | Newspaper publishing--Mississippi--Forest | Newspaper publishing--Mississippi--Scott County | Authors--Mississippi--Forest | Authors--Mississippi--Scott County | Civil rights--Mississippi--Forest | Civil rights--Mississippi--Scott County | Journalists--Mississippi--Forest | Journalists--Mississippi--Scott County | Mayors--Mississippi--Forest | Mayors--Mississippi--Scott County | African Americans--Civil rights--Mississippi | State governments--Mississippi | Civil rights movements--Mississippi | Men--Mississippi | Political campaigns--Mississippi | Mississippi--Politics and government--1951- | Newspapers | Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission--Officials and employees | Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission | Scott County times (Forest, Miss.) | Mississippi | Forest (Miss.) | Scott County (Miss.)
Collection:USM Oral History
Institution:University of Southern Mississippi Libraries
Contributors:Caudill, Orley B. | Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage | University of Southern Mississippi. Libraries
Online Publisher:Hattiesburg, Miss.: University of Southern Mississippi Libraries | 2002-02-20
Original Material:

Mississippi Oral History Program of the University of Southern Mississippi, vol. 276, McCain Library, University of Southern Mississippi.

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