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"When this picture was made (June, '63) water at the Pearl River Spillway was 20 feet deep. As the Reservoir fills, the bulk of water will cover a 30,000 acre area stretching 34 miles toward the top right in this picture."

Hugh Warren Shankle (1921- ) was a photo technician with WLBT-TV in Jackson, Mississippi, during the late 1950s and '60s. He was also the official photographer for the Mississippi Art Association and timpanist in the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. This collection consists of two hundred sixty eight images of local personalities, beauty contestants, inauguration ceremonies, and historical houses and buildings in Jackson and other locations in Mississippi, as well as Ole Miss football, including the January 2, 1962, Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Three of the photographs in the collection were taken by Hugh Shankle's nephew, Lester Van Zant, Jr. (1940- ).

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