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Count Them One by OneBlack Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote$
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Gordon A., Jr. Martin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604737899

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604737899.001.0001

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date: 15 December 2017

The Reverends James C. Chandler and Wayne Kelly Pittman

The Reverends James C. Chandler and Wayne Kelly Pittman

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(p.157) Chapter 15 The Reverends James C. Chandler and Wayne Kelly Pittman
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Count Them One by One
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Gordon A. Martin

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604737899.003.0016

This chapter focuses on government witnesses Reverend James C. Chandler and Reverend Wayne Kelly Pittman. Chandler became pastor of the Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in December 1954. He strongly supported the church’s youth and their activities, and is described as having ushered the church into a “new era of progress.” Pittman, an African Methodist Episcopal minister of the gospel, was the only witness called in all three proceedings of the trial stage of United States v. Theron Lynd. He testified, not just at the March 1962 preliminary injunction hearing, but at the September 1962 contempt trial conducted by the Fifth Circuit in Hattiesburg, and then at the anticlimactic April 1964 trial on the merits.

Keywords:   government witnesses, Mount Carmel, Missionary Baptist Church, Methodist Episcopal minister, pastor

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