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Document Details


Title: William F. Dukes
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 January 23, 1973 with Mr. William Dukes in his office in Gulfport, Mississippi. Dukes was born in the Sullivans' Hollow area near Raleigh, in Smith County, Mississippi on January 15, 1927. After his discharge from the Navy in 1946, Dukes attended Mississippi Southern College, now the University of Southern Mississippi. Upon graduation Dukes earned a BA degree from USM and a L.L.B. from the University of Mississippi. He then went on to be accepted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. After his training was complete Dukes was assigned to the FBI office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He eventually made it back to Mississippi where he became senior Resident-Agent in charge of the Gulfport office. Dukes was involved in the struggle to prevent organized crime from gaining a foothold on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in the "war with the Klan" in civil rights cases. He was instrumental in the apprehension of the alleged killers in the Vernon Dahmer murder case.
Extent: 1 page
URL: http://anna.lib.usm.edu/%7Espcol/crda/oh/ohdukeswp.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 1973 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Dukes, William F., 1927-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 15-Jan-1927
Speaker place of birth: Mississippi; United States; North America
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Former FBI agent
Age at speaking: 46
Document date: 23-Jan-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: OHI0023561-25074