Collection Number: 05009

Collection Title: Mound Bayou Collection, 1928-1995

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Abstract Mound Bayou, located in Bolivar County, Miss., was founded on 12 July 1887 as an African-American colony by Isaiah T. Montgomery and Benjamin T. Green. In 1994, Milburn Crowe, of the Ad Hoc Committee on Mound Bayou's History, began working with members of the Southern Historical Collection and the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in an effort to better preserve Mound Bayou's historical documents and launch an oral history initiative. Materials consist of a 1928 pamphlet for the 42nd anniversary of the founding of Mound Bayou; two issues of The Voice, a Mound Bayou newsletter, July 1971 and 10 November 1994, which discuss the history of Mound Bayou, provide biographical information on its founders, and document the current political, educational, and communal activities of Mound Bayou and the surrounding area; a 30 April 1994 flyer for an annual banquet sponsored by the Bolivar County section of the National Council of Negro Women; Matthew Preston's 1995 report, Economic Development Assessment for the City of Mound Bayou, Mississippi; a videotape entitled, Mound Bayou--An Oral History; and two audiocassettes: "Passing it on: Mound Bayou" and "Willie A. Woodley, 10 July 1995."
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
Language English
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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Mound Bayou Collection #5009-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Materials received between 1994 and 1995 (Acc. 98541).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Mound Bayou, located in Bolivar County, Miss., was founded on 12 July 1887 as an African-American colony by Isaiah T. Montgomery and Benjamin T. Green. In 1994, Milburn Crowe, of the Ad Hoc Committee on Mound Bayou's History, began working with Southern Historical Collection and the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in an effort to better preserve Mound Bayou's historical documents and launch an oral history initiative.

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Materials consist of a 1928 pamphlet for the 42nd anniversary of the founding of Mound Bayou, Miss.; two issues of The Voice, a Mound Bayou newsletter, July 1971 and 10 November 1994, which discuss the history of Mound Bayou, provide biographical information on founders Isaiah T. Montgomery and Benjamin T. Green, and document the current political, educational, and communal activities of Mound Bayou and the surrounding area; a 30 April 1994 flyer for an annual banquet sponsored by the Bolivar County, Miss., section of the National Council of Negro Women; Matthew Preston's 1995 report, Economic Development Assessment for the City of Mound Bayou, Mississippi; a videotape entitled, Mound Bayou--An Oral History; and two audiocassettes: "Passing it on, Voices from Black America's Past: Mound Bayou" and "Willie A. Woodley, 10 July 1995."

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8 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 1

Papers relating to Mound Bayou #05009, Series: "Collection, 1928-1995." Folder 1

Folder 2

Economic Development Assessment for the City of Mound Bayou, Mississippi #05009, Series: "Collection, 1928-1995." Folder 2

Videotape VT-5009/1

Mound Bayou--An Oral History #05009, Series: "Collection, 1928-1995." VT-5009/1

Audiocassette C-5009/1

"Willie A. Woodley, 10 July 1995" #05009, Series: "Collection, 1928-1995." C-5009/1

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-5009/2

"Passing It On, Voices from Black America's Past: Mound Bayou" #05009, Series: "Collection, 1928-1995." C-5009/2

Audiocassette

Dr. Peter Aschoff, a white blues historian and professor at the University of Mississippi, interviews African American residents of Mound Bayou, many of whom are descendants of the founders of Mound Bayou. Interviewees include Milburn Crow, a community activist, businessman, civil servant, and founder of the Mound Bayou Historical Society; Pauline T. Holmes, an educator and active member of the Mound Bayou civic club; Willie "Granny" Woodlee; Olivia Johnson, an active participant in the civil rights movement whose family owned a store in Mound Bayou; and C. Preston Holmes, a veteran, postal worker, and husband of Pauline T. Holmes.

On this recording C. Preston Holmes shares a story of his experience of being called a racist slur by a white woman who worked at a bus station. At about 26 minutes into side 1 of the recording, C. Preston Holmes repeats the racist slur twice. From about 11:20-14:45 on side 2 of the recording, interviewees describe an incident where a young unnamed Black man is shot and killed by white law enforcement in Mound Bayou.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Devon Lee, April 2007

Encoded by: Devon Lee, April 2007

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