Object Type: Record
In Collection: Oral History Digital Collection
Oral history.; Born on December 8, 1923, in Lumberton, Mississippi, Mr. John Dawson was one of the children of Mr. David and Mrs. Hattie Johnson Dawson. John Dawson moved with his family to the Soria City community in Gulfport, Mississippi at the age of six. He graduated from Thirty-third Avenue High School and then attended a welding school run by the United States government in New Orleans, Louisiana. A few weeks before finishing welding school, Mr. Dawson was drafted into the Navy where he was trained in aviation metalsmithing. After two and a half years in the Navy, Mr. Dawson returned to Gulfport and began working at the Veterans Administration Hospital in the dietetic department. He joined the NAACP and became active in civil rights activities, where he met Medgar Evers. Mr. Dawson eventually owned and operated his own business, a service station in Gulfport.