Object Type: Record
In Collection: Oral History Digital Collection
Oral history.; Interview conducted on March 24, 1972 with Dr. William Penn Davis at his home in Jackson, Mississippi. Davis was born in Union County, Mississippi on August 5, 1903. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mississippi College in 1929 and a Master of Theology degree in 1938 from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Davis was ordained to the ministry in 1923 and began serving various churches throughout the South and Maryland. In 1957, Davis became president of the Mississippi Baptist Seminary and served until his retirement in 1971. He is also a former president of both the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board and the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Baptist Seminary. He has also served as secretary and director of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board's department of work with National (Negro) Baptists.