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Oral history with Miss Florence Mars, native Mississippi author

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Creator:Mars, Florence, 1923-2006
Creator:Healy, Thomas
Creator:Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
Title:Oral history with Miss Florence Mars, native Mississippi author
Date:1978 Jan. 5

Oral history. Interview conducted on January 5, 1978 with Miss Florence Mars at her home in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Mars was born on January 1, 1923 in Philadelphia, Mississippi. She studied at Millsaps College and University of Mississippi, where she graduated in 1944. Mars recorded her experiences and observations of the Philadelphia crisis that developed when three civil rights workers were murdered in her book, Witness in Philadelphia. Her efforts to determine the truth, and to work toward justice brought her under great pressure, including economic discrimination and near ostracism. She also discusses her experiences with the Philadelphia project, which was an effort by Pennsylvanians to cooperate with their Southern namesake.

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:Mars, Florence, 1923-2006 | Mars, Florence, 1923-2006. Witness in Philadelphia | Goodman, Andrew, 1943-1964 | Chaney, James Earl, 1943-1964 | Schwerner, Michael Henry, 1939-1964 | Killen, Edgar Ray | Civil rights--Mississippi--Philadelphia | Civil rights--United States | Civil rights workers--Mississippi--Philadelphia | Civil rights workers--United States | Civil rights movements--Mississippi--Philadelphia | Women civil rights workers--Mississippi--Philadelphia | Civil rights movements--United States | African Americans--Civil rights | Hate crimes--Mississippi--Philadelphia | Murder--Mississippi--Philadelphia | Murder--Investigation--Mississippi--Philadelphia | Assassination--Mississippi--Philadelphia | Assassination--Investigation--Mississippi--Philadelphia | Political crimes and offenses--Mississippi--Philadelphia | Political crimes and offenses--Investigation--Mississippi--Philadelphia | Political violence--Mississippi--Philadelphia | Violence--Mississippi--Philadelphia | African Americans--Violence against--Mississippi--Philadelphia | Whites--Violence against--Mississippi--Philadelphia | Philadelphia (Miss.)--Race relations | Mississippi--Race relations | Race relations | State governments--United States | Mississippi--Politics and government--20th century | Race discrimination--Mississippi--Philadelphia | Discrimination--Mississippi--Philadelphia | Women authors | Ku Klux Klan (1915- ) | Mt. Zion United Methodist Church (Philadelphia, Miss.) | Philadelphia Project (Philadelphia, Miss.) | Justice | Conduct of life | Fairness | United States, Mississippi, Philadelphia | United States, Mississippi, Neshoba County, 32.7534966, -89.1175728
Collection:USM Oral History
Institution:University of Southern Mississippi Libraries
Contributors:University of Southern Mississippi. Libraries
Original Material:

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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