Thompson, Loyal W.

Loyal W. Thompson, Sr. served as Captain and Director Chairman of the Citizen’s Club and member of the local chapter of the NAACP. In the June 1965 issue of Look magazine, Thompson was photographed sitting on his porch holding his rifle, determined to defend his family against the violence that threatened all involved in civil rights work. After the picture was published, it was hard for Thompson to find work and even if he did, it was hard for him keep his job after employers find out who he was.

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Interview with Latoya Thompson, granddaughter

Benton County