In this interview, James Wright discusses his life in Yalobusha County/North Mississippi. Wright recounts growing up in a sharecropping family on “the Roy Fly Place” in rural Yalobusha County in the 1960s/70s and mentions his childhood impressions of segregation/desegregation. He also reflects on early work at the Holley Carburetor plant and the industrialization/deindustrialization of Water Valley, MS. He also mentions his education at the University of Mississippi in the 1980s and outlines his career track in law enforcement. Wright strongly emphasizes the role of evangelical Christianity in his life and in the Black community of Yalobusha County throughout the interview.
Water Valley (Miss.)
African American Studies | American Studies | Oral History
Wright, James and Babbit, Colton L., "Wright, James" (2019). Black Families of Yalobusha County Oral History Project. 10.