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Oral history with Mr. Nathaniel H. Lewis, native Mississippian

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Creator:Lewis, Nathaniel H.
Creator:Healy, Thomas
Creator:Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
Title:Oral history with Mr. Nathaniel H. Lewis, native Mississippian
Date:1978 Oct. 24

Oral history. Interview conducted on October 24, 1978 with Mr. Nathaniel H. Lewis at his home in McComb, Mississippi. Lewis was born in McComb, Mississippi. In 1928, Lewis and his father organized the McComb Independent Lodge NO. 846 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the World. The purpose of this organization was to help African Americans register to vote. Lewis and his father called sixty African American veterans together in 1946 and organized the Pike County Voters League to help them register to vote. Lewis has also been active for a number of years in the Democratic Party of Mississippi. Governor Cliff Finch appointed him to the state Game and Fish Commission and for the first time in history, African Americans were appointed to be Colonels on the Governor's staff.

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:Lewis, Nathaniel H. | African American civil rights workers--Mississippi--McComb--Interviews | African Americans--Mississippi--McComb | Civil rights--Mississippi | Mississippi--Race reltions | Voter registration--Mississippi--History--20th century | Racism--Political aspects--Mississippi | Railroads--Mississippi--Employees--History--20th century | United States, Mississippi, McComb | United States, Mississippi, Pike 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. 639, McCain Library, University of Southern Mississippi.

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