The collection comprises organizational records and personal papers of Mississippi civil rights activist Edgar Sandifer, 1929-1997.
Organizational materials include his administrative, financial, promotional, and legal records as part of the Mississippi
Gay Alliance (MGA), Persons with AIDS/HIV Project (PWA), Jackson Gray Panthers (JGP), and People's Anti-War Mobilization (PAM).
The personal materials include photographs, memorabilia, and personal papers.
Edgar Allen Sandifer, Jr. was born on October 4, 1929, in Cotton Valley, Louisiana, to Beulah Myrtis and Harvey Edgar Allen
Sandifer, a Southern Baptist minister. Professing to have never been in the closet, even while in the military, Sandifier
served in the Korean War from 1950-1953 and was honorably discharged as a sergeant with an operative care specialization.
His experience in the Army's Operative Care Unit led to his work as a nursing home administrator from 1955-1977. Sandifer
officiated gay wedding ceremonies throughout the 1970s. At a 1958 Mattachine Society meeting, Sandifer was referred to as
"the only queer from the South" (quotes from
Outweek, June 27, 1990).
26.25 linear feet.
[24 record boxes and 2 flat boxes]
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