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Oral history with Zella Weathersby; 1997

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Oral history.; Zella McNair Weathersby was born January 1, 1929, in Mt. Olive, Mississippi. Mrs. Weathersby graduated from high school from Depriest (now known as Earl Travillion) in Hattiesburg. She attended Jackson State College and later did graduate work in elementary education at Jackson State University and the University of Mississippi. Mrs. Weathersby began teaching in 1953 at Hopewell Attendance Center. In 1968, she was transferred to Collins Elementary School, becoming the first African American teacher in the previously all-white school. She retired in 1991. Mrs. Weathersby has also been co-owner of Venia Park Funeral Home in Collins since 1980. She continues to live in the Mt. Pleasant Community and is a longtime member of Mt. Pleasant C.M.E. Church.

08 November 1997

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