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Oral history with Mr. Charlie Parker

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Creator:Parker, Charlie, 1892-
Creator:Caudill, Orley B.
Creator:Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
Title:Oral history with Mr. Charlie Parker
Date:1981 July 22

Oral history. Interview conducted on July 22, 1981 with Mr. Charlie Parker at his home in Laurel, Mississippi. Parker was born 1890's in Enterprise, Mississippi. After his family moved to Laurel around the turn of the century, Parker began working for the Eastman Gardner sawmill at the age of eleven. He stayed with the mill for nearly thirty years. Parker began work as a water carrier and worked his way up to the position of block setter. In 1937, he borrowed money to open a taxicab company in Laurel, which operated in the city until 1964. Parker discusses race relations in Laurel, Mississippi in the sixties.

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Types:Transcripts | Oral histories | Text
Subjects:Parker, Charlie, 1892- | African American men--Mississippi--Laurel | Civil rights--Mississippi--Laurel | Laurel (Miss.)--History--20th century | Mississippi--History--20th century | Race discrimination--Mississippi--Laurel | Racism--Mississippi--Laurel | Race relations | Laurel (Miss.)--Race relations | Mississippi--Race relations | African Americans--Civil rights--Mississippi | African Americans--Civil rights--Mississippi--Laurel | Segregation--Mississippi | Segregation--Mississippi--Laurel | Taxicabs--Mississippi--Laurel | Taxicab drivers--Mississippi--Laurel | Local transit--Mississippi--Laurel | Transportation--Mississippi--Laurel | African Americans--Transportation--Mississippi--Laurel | Loans--Mississippi--Laurel | African Americans--Economic conditions | African Americans--Employment--Mississippi--Laurel | African Americans--Social conditions | Small business--Mississippi--Laurel | Small business--Finance | African American business enterprises--Mississippi--Laurel | Business enterprises--Mississippi--Laurel | African American businesspeople--Mississippi--Laurel | Businesspeople--Mississippi--Laurel | Right of property--Mississippi--Laurel | Eastman Gardner Lumber Company | Sawmill workers--Mississippi--Laurel | Sawmills--Mississippi--Laurel | Mills and mill-work--Mississippi--Laurel | Civil rights movements--Mississippi--Laurel | United States, Mississippi, Laurel | United States, Mississippi, Jones 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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