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Document Details


Title: Owens, Lee
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Southern Mississippi. Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
Collection: Mississippi Oral History Project
Description: Born on May 7, 1921, in Natchez, Mississippi, Mr. Lee Owens, Jr. is the son of Lee and Florence Owens. When he was seven years old, he was working in the cotton field for half a day, and attending school for half a day, living on a Natchez plantation. Because his parents could not afford to send him to school, he stopped attending school in the second grade and continued working in the cotton fields full-time. In 1939, Mr. Owens left Natchez to work at Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He was drafted into military service and spent some time at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. Racism and the rule of Jim Crow were common during these times.
URL: http://www.lib.usm.edu/~spcol/coh/cohowensl.html
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 2000 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Owens, Lee, 1921-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 7-May-1921
Speaker place of birth: Natchez, MS; Mississippi; United States; North America
Speaker race: Black
Speaker occupation: Activist; Laborer; Military personnel
Age at speaking: 79
Document date: 26-Apr-2000
Interviewer: Henderson, William
Locations discussed: Mississippi; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Agriculture; Cities and towns--Mississippi; City and town life--Mississippi; Community; Local history; Mississippi; Mississippi--History; North America; Oral history; United States
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0025694-27609