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James + Charlie | Pain & Promise | American Experience | PBS

Audio produced by StoryCorps Studios in partnership with GBH Boston.

In this recording, friends of over fifty years James Allen Phares and Charlie Garrott recall their childhood in Jackson, MS. Charlie remembers the first signs of desegregation coming in the early 1960s, when Black teachers appeared in his elementary school. Both James and Charlie were bused to majority-Black schools in Jackson when the immediate integration of schools was ordered. James remembers being out of school for a month while preparations were made.

Audio recorded virtually on June 6, 2023.

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