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Oral history with Mr. Hollis Watkins

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Creator:Watkins, Hollis, 1941-
Creator:Rachal, John
Creator:Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
Title:Oral history with Mr. Hollis Watkins
Date:1996 Oct. 23, 1996 Oct. 29, 1996 Oct. 30

Oral history. Three interviews conducted on 10-23-1996, 10-29-1996, and 10-30-1996 with Hollis Watkins (born 1941), the twelfth child of sharecroppers. Mr. Watkins was jailed for participating in the Woolsworth's lunch counter sit-in in McComb and a walk-out at the McComb high school. He also worked with Vernon Dahmer for voter registration and later started the Holmes County Project. He was president of Southern Echo at the time of the interview.

This interview is part of the Civil Rights Documentation Project, funded by the Mississippi Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Types:Transcripts | Oral histories | Text
Subjects:Watkins, Hollis, 1941- | Citizenship Education Program | Democratic National Convention (1964 : Atlantic City, N.J.) | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People | Freedom Rides | McComb (Mississippi) High School | Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party | Mississippi Freedom Schools | Pike County Nonviolent Direct Action Committee | Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.) | Civil rights--Mississippi--McComb | Civil rights--Mississippi--Pike County | Voter registration--Mississippi--McComb | Voter registration--Mississippi--Pike County | Civil rights demonstrations--Mississippi--McComb | Civil rights demonstrations--Mississippi--Pike County | United States, Mississippi, McComb | United States, Mississippi, Pike County | United States, Mississippi, Amite County | United States, Mississippi, Holmes County | United States, Mississippi, Lincoln County | United States, Mississippi, Hattiesburg | United States, Mississippi, Forrest County | Bond (Neshoba County, Miss.) | United States, Mississippi, Canton | United States, Mississippi, Greenwood | United States, Mississippi, McLain | United States, Mississippi, Mileston | United States, Mississippi, Tchula | Wiggins (Stone County, Miss.) | United States, Georgia, 32.165622, -82.900075 | United States, Tennessee, Marion County, Monteagle, 35.2400807, -85.8396979 | United States, Tennessee, Grundy County, 35.3883667, -85.7225824 | United States, New Jersey, Atlantic County, Atlantic City, 39.3642834, -74.4229266
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.

Mississippi oral history program of the University of Southern MS, vol. 670, McCain Library, University of Southern Mississippi.

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Forms part of the Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive.

Forms part of the Mississippi Oral History Program Collection in the Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive.

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