Parker, Charlie, 1892-


Parker was born 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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