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Document Details


Title: Jerry Clower
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Southern Mississippi. Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
Collection: Civil Rights Documentation Project
Description: Interview conducted on July 12, 1973 with Mr. Jerry Clower at his office in Yazoo City, Mississippi. Clower was born in 1926 at Route Four, Liberty, Mississippi. After graduating from high school, he joined the US Navy. On completion of his service, Clower went on with his education earning a degree in Agronomy from Mississippi State University. In 1954, he became a salesman for Mississippi Chemical Corporation of Yazoo City, Mississippi where he worked for the next seventeen years. Clower was known for his witty anecdotes and humorous personality. In 1971, someone suggested that Clower record some of his stories. After signing a recording contract with Decca Recording Company, his first record climbed to eleventh on Billboard's chart. Since then he has recorded several more albums, made countless personal appearances, and became a regular on the Grand Ole Opry.
Extent: 1 page
URL: http://anna.lib.usm.edu/%7Espcol/crda/oh/ohclowerjp.html
Restrictions: It is presented here for reference purposes only. Interviews in this collection are protected by copyright and PERMISSION TO PUBLISH MUST BE REQUESTED from the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1973 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Clower, Jerry, 1926-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1926
Speaker place of birth: Mississippi; United States; North America
Speaker occupation: Businessman; Comedian
Age at speaking: 47
Document location: Yazoo City, MS
Document date: 12-Jul-1973
Interviewer: Caudill, Orley B.
Organizations discussed: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Baltimore, MD; Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, US; White Citizens Council
Historical events discussed: Martin Luther King's March on Washington, DC, August 28, 1963; U.S. Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965; U.S. Civil Rights Movement, 1966-
Locations discussed: Mississippi; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: African Americans; Civil rights demonstrations; Civil rights movements--United States; Martin Luther King's March on Washington, DC, August 28, 1963; Mississippi; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Baltimore, MD; North America; Oral history; Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, US; U.S. Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965; U.S. Civil Rights Movement, 1966-; United States; White Citizens Council
Topics discussed - Other terms: Activism
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0023528-25053