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Document Details


Title: Erle Johnston
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 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.
Extent: 1 page
URL: http://anna.lib.usm.edu/%7Espcol/crda/oh/ohjohnstone2p.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 1993 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Johnston, Erle, 1917-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 10-Oct-1917
Speaker place of birth: Louisiana; United States; North America
Speaker occupation: Author; Mayor
Age at speaking: 76
Document date: 13-Aug-1993
Interviewer: Katagiri, Yasuhiro
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: OHI0023593-25106