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Document Details


Title: Russell C. Davis
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 August 21, 1972 with the Honorable Russell C. Davis in his office in Jackson, Mississippi. He was born in Rockville, Maryland. After completing two years at the University of Maryland, Davis took employment in a US Naval gun factory while awaiting a call to the military service. During World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was stationed in Jackson, Mississippi in 1944. After the war, Davis joined his father-in-law in his insurance agency until he was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives. In July of 1969, Davis took office as Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi. He entered office during a tumultuous time in the South and he tried to advocate moderation and peace in the city of Jackson. Davis explains how he tried to keep the peace in the city of Jackson after the Jackson State shootings.
Extent: 1 page
URL: http://anna.lib.usm.edu/%7Espcol/crda/oh/ohdavisrp.html
Restrictions: The transcript is presented here for reference purposes only. Interviews in this collection are protected by copyright. PERMISSION TO PUBLISH MUST BE REQUESTED from the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1972 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Davis, Russell C.
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker place of birth: Rockville, MD; Maryland; United States; North America
Speaker occupation: Mayor
Document date: 21-Aug-1972
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: OHI0023557-25069