Letter from Erle Johnston, Jr. to Paul B. Johnson and Carroll Gartin, May 5, 1964.


Letter from Erle Johnston, Jr. to Paul B. Johnson and Carroll Gartin, May 5, 1964.


Erle Johnston, Jr. (1917-1995)


Paul B. Johnson Family Papers, M191, Box 9, Historical Manuscripts, Special Collections, The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries.




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This is a memo from Earl Johnston Junior the director of the Mississippi state cut sovereignty commission, to honorable Paul B Johnson, governor and Carol Garten, lieutenant governor. It is dated May 5, 1964, and is on Mississippi state sovereignty commission letterhead. The report is about A D Biettel, Tougaloo college.<br />
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Our pipeline information from Tugaloo says the trustees gave as their reason for dismissal of Dr. Beittel that he was in efficient. This will certainly work to our advantage. Had Dr. Beittel been asked to resign because of racial agitation or collaboration with communist front organizations, he could have made a martyr out of himself. As it is, he can say nothing because the trustees would naturally answer any statement he made by stating he was discharge for inefficiency. And it efficiency rating is difficult for any professor to overcome in seeking new employment.<br />
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We also have been informed that the bill we proposed in the legislature two separate authority of the Mississippi a credit in commission from the southern association is a weapon very much feared by Tugaloo authorities. If Mississippi accreditation is taken away they stand to lose considerable money which otherwise would be available from certain foundations. This bill, SB1794, it’s now all the Senate calendar, and we recommend that it be speedily past and signed into law.<br />
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We also are informed that during the weekend, the SNCC office on Lynch Street in Jackson had on display a big picture of Kruschev with this caption “our man in Moscow.“ We have pass this information onto local press for a possible news picture if the photograph is still on display.<br />
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We have had no direct contact with the Tugaloo trustees since the announcement about Dr. Beittel  <br />
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We will keep you informed as to future developments.<br />
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Signed Earl Johnston Junior.<br />
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CC: Honorable Shelby Rogers


Erle Johnston, Jr. (1917-1995), “Letter from Erle Johnston, Jr. to Paul B. Johnson and Carroll Gartin, May 5, 1964.,” Online Exhibits at Southern Miss, accessed March 30, 2023, https://usmspecialcollections.omeka.net/items/show/222.

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