- Oral History
- Oral history with Mr. Erle Johnston
- Johnston, Erle
Katagiri, Yasuhiro, 1960-
- University of Southern Mississippi. Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage.
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- Civil rights workers
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- Johnston, Erle--Interviews
- United States, Mississippi, 32.75041, -89.75036
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- Oral history.; Interview conducted on August 13, 1993 with Mr. Erle Johnston at his home in Forest, Mississippi.Johnston was born on October 10, 1917 in Garyville, Louisiana. In 1941, he moved Forest, Mississippi and bought the fledgling newspaper, Scott County Times.Johnston served as publisher until the paper was sold in 1983.Between 1942 and 1959, Johnston was involved in numerous statewide political campaigns including John Stennis's senatorial campaign and Ross Barnett's campaign for governor in 1955 and 1959. In 1963, Johnston was elected to the position of director of the Sovereignty Commission, which he held until 1968.Johnston became the mayor of Forest, Mississippi in 1981 and held that position until 1985.He is the author of three books: I Rolled With Ross, Mississippi's Defiant Years, and Politics: Mississippi Style.
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