Attala


Harris Family Murder

(1950) An ex-convict and moon-shiner named Leon Turner with the aid of two brothers, Malcolm and Wendell Whitt, stormed into the house of Thomas Harris one night in 1950. On that night, three young black children were killed– Frankie Thurman, 12, Mary C. Burnside, 8, and Ruby Nell Harris, 4. Their father, Thomas Harris, also […]

MFDP of Attala

In Attala County, the MFDP helped organize movie, restaurant, and other forms of sit-ins during the mid-60s. However, their main focus was voter registration, which helped provide the African American citizens of Attala County with a greater voice. Sources: http://www.ibiblio.org/sncc/mfdp.html

Meredith, James

James Meredith, a well-known Civil Rights activist in the mid-’60s, was born and raised in Kosciusko, the county seat of Attala. He grew up in an area where the practice of racial segregation was accepted and practiced with fierce enforcement. On October 1, 1962, Meredith became the first black student to integrate The University of […]

Rinaldi, Matthew James

Matthew James Rinaldi’s personal account of happenings in Attala County 65′-66′: “I first went to Mississippi as a civil rights worker in the winter of ’65-’66 with a large group of students from Oberlin College. We were sent for one week to Kosciusko, Attala County to work with MFDP organizers Gunter Frentz and Betty Jones. […]