1955 Lynchings

After the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, several gentlemen of the Benton County area were lynched in association with Till’s death. Oliver Maxey, the Panam Brothers, John Henry Remmer, and Jones and Hugh Smith were lynched.

Black Monday

Judge Thomas Brady’s pamphlet, Black Monday, outlined the White Citizen’s Council’s goals, including the abolition of public schools, nullification of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and establishment of a separate black state. The publication of this handbook inspired many Mississippians to join the Citizens’ Council movement. Sources:

Carrollton Courthouse Massacre

(1886) In February of 1886, Ed and Charley Brown, who were both part Indian and part African-American, were delivering molasses when they ran into James Liddell, a white man, spilling molasses on Liddell. A fight ensued in which Lidell and Ed Brown exchanged heated words. Later, Liddell, who was joined by a group of men, […]

Claiborne County Boycott

In 1966, a boycott of white merchants in Claiborne County, Miss., was launched at a meeting of a local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) attended by several hundred black persons. The purpose of the boycott was to secure compliance by both civic and business leaders with a lengthy […]

Denzill Turner Murder

(1951) Denzill Turner was an epileptic black man who had a seizure at a local Greyhound bus station in Coahoma County. White men claimed that he was drunk and touching white women during his seizure, which they did not understand. The police were called and, upon arrival, attempted to restrain him. Turner broke free and […]

Desegregation in Marshall County

(1960s) Wazir Peacock was a SNCC field secretary in Mississippi and Alabama who attended Rust College. He describes the desegregation movement and its origins in Holly Springs: “I went to Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi. I was in college when the sit-ins started in North Carolina, so we started right there on the campus. […]

Freedom House of Hattiesburg

In 1964, beginning with Freedom Day (January 22) and continuing through Freedom Summer, Mrs. Lenon E. Woods, the owner of the Woods Guest House at 507 and 509 Mobile Street, allowed the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) to use a vacant portion of this historic two-story hotel as its headquarters. The building had been built […]

Freedom Vote

(1964) Tippah County participated in the November 1964 “Freedom Vote”when state democratic party leaders refused to consider the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party’s inclusion in the regular election. Approximately seventy-five Tippah residents worked on the campaign. Sources: Associated Press. “Another Negro Church Burns.”Hattiesburg American. 31 October 1964. Files of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission. McKee, […]

Gong Lum v. Rice

(1927) Gong Lum v. Rice was the case arising from a suit filed by a Chinese-American immigrant attempting to enroll in an all-white school in Rosedale. Martha Lum, the nine year old student filing suit, attempted to enroll in Rosedale Consolidated School in 1927. The Court upheld the precedent of Plessy v. Ferguson by ruling […]

Greenville Air Force Base Takeover

(1/1/1966) This was a project sponsored by the National Council of Churches of Mississippi. NCC started a takeover of the abandoned Greenville Air Force Base by evicted black farmworkers who had been living in tents during sub-freezing temperatures. The takeover was sponsored jointly by the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and the Delta Ministry. The Greenville […]

Grenada Public Schools Riot

Black children were admitted to Grenada Public Schools for the first time in 1966. The white townspeople rioted violently, gathering outside of the schools to prevent the students from entering and attacking the children who did manage to get inside when they left.  For weeks, the black students were escorted by civil rights workers until […]

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 […]

Holmes Significant Events Timeline

March 1963- Mileston farmers invited SNCC to begin work in Holmes County. April 1963- Fourteen Mileston residents attempted to register to vote at the courthouse. May 1963- Harman Turnbow’s home was shot into and firebombed. He and four others were arrested for arson. Nov. 1963- Holmes countians join in along with 80,000 black Mississippians to […]

Kroger Boycott

In the mid-1960s, a group of about 300 black people were brought to trial for protesting the segregation practices of stores in West Point. The boycott began with the local Kroger, which refused to hire black employees.  Source:

LECTURE: Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, Will D. Campbell Lecture on Faith and Social Justice

Date of Event: November 27, 2006 Location: University of Mississippi Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke’s School of Divinity, was the inaugural speaker for the Will D. Campbell Lecture Series on Faith and Social Justice at the University of Mississippi. Hauerwas’ work draws on a great range of literatures […]

Lillie Willis and Sidney Alexander v. Joe Carson et al.

(1966) In February 1966, Lillie Willis and Sidney Alexander, natives of Sharkey County, filed suit alleging discrimination based on race and gender in the selection of jury members. Specifically, they called into question the explicit exclusion of women from juries written into statute and the ability of county boards of supervisors to appoint jury members […]

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