- Associated Press - Saturday, December 19, 2015

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - The University of Southern Mississippi is working with federal officials on an oral history project aimed at preserving the story of the American civil rights movement.

An interview team working on the national Civil Rights Project - a project managed by the U.S. Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution - traveled to Hattiesburg. The team surveyed USM’s extensive civil rights oral history collection and interviewed local residents who were involved in the civil rights movement.

USM’s Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage helped arrange the interviews and shared their own research.

The Civil Rights Project’s national database includes information about more than 1,500 oral history and interview collections from around the country.



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