Chickasaw


Davis, Walker Milan

W.M. Davis was an educator born in Okolona, Mississippi, in 1908. After graduating from Alcorn State and earning a master’s from Iowa State, he served as an administrator and teacher at Alcorn State. From 1933 to 1940 he served as Dean and Registrar of Okolona College for Negroes. In 1943 he assumed the role of […]

Okolona College for Negroes

Established in 1902, Okolona College provided industrial education for African American men and women until funding was discontinued in 1965 when the college shut its doors. The college was privately funded. Sources: “Okolona, Mississippi: A Case Study Speculating on Possibilities.” http://kubuildingtech.org/scriss/projects/okolonatech/okolona2.html

Horn, Ted

Ted Horn was a former Sheriff of Chickasaw County who received threats from local Ku Klux Klan leaders. Sources: Sovereignty Commission Files. Mississippi Archives and History Department.

Gunn, Howard E.

Gunn was a black resident of Chickasaw County who created controversy upon attempting to register to vote in the summer of 1964. After being refused, a federal judge ruled County Registrar Hal Allen, Jr. was legally required to register Gunn. Sources: Sovereignty Commission Files. Mississippi Archives and History Department.

Baskin, James

James Baskin was born in 1910 and served as Principal of Colored Schools during the Civil Rights Movement. He was listed as a potential “agitator”by the Sovereignty Commission. Sources: Sovereignty Commission Files. Mississippi Archives and History Department.