Object Type: Record
In Collection: Oral History Digital Collection
Oral history.; Interview conducted on July 2, 1974 with Mrs. Ellie J. Dahmer at her home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Dahmer was born in Jasper County, Mississippi in 1925. After completing high school at Jasper County Training School she attended Alcorn A&M College, now Alcorn State University. After her sophomore year, she transferred to Tennessee A&F in Nashville, Tennessee where she finished her degree. In 1951, she began teaching in Forrest County, Mississippi. It was there that Dahmer met and married Vernon Dahmer, a civil rights' activist and two-term president of the local chapter of the NAACP. In 1966, the Dahmer's house was firebombed by the Ku Klux Klan as a result of Vernon Dahmer's work in the civil rights movement in Mississippi. Vernon Dahmer died shortly thereafter due to lung damage caused by smoke inhalation. Ellie Dahmer taught school for many years in Richton, Mississippi until her retirement in 1987.