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Document Details


Title: J. P. Coleman
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: Two interviews conducted on November 12, 1981 and February 6, 1982 with Judge J. P. Coleman. Coleman was born on December 9, 1914 in Fentress, Mississippi. After attending the University of Mississippi, he was invited to work in the election campaign of Congressional candidate Aaron Ford in 1934. When Ford won he asked Coleman to work as one of his two secretaries. In 1937, Coleman passed the bar exam and went on to get his law degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC in 1939. Upon his return to Mississippi, Coleman started a law practice until 1946 when he ran for District Attorney of the Fifth Circuit District of Mississippi and won. He served as District Attorney for two terms and in 1950 moved on to served as the Attorney General of Mississippi. In 1956, Coleman ran for governor of Mississippi and won. During his governorship, he also became a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives.
Extent: 1 page
URL: http://anna.lib.usm.edu/%7Espcol/crda/oh/ohcolemanjp.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 1981 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Coleman, J. P., 1914-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 9-Dec-1914
Speaker place of birth: Mississippi; United States; North America
Speaker occupation: Governor; Lawyer
Age at speaking: 67
Document date: 12-Nov-1981
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: OHI0023548-25060