Benton County

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Located northeast of Hardeman County, Tenn., east of Tippah County, MS., south of Union County, MS., west of Marshall County, MS., and northwest of Fayette County, Tenn., lies Benton County, MS. Once occupied by the Chickasaw Indians, in 1834, the Treaty of Pontotoc was signed between the state of Mississippi and the Chickasaw nation. The treaty unfortunately granted white settlers the ability to purchase the land, which in turn left the natives with no place to call home.

Shortly afterward, Benton County formerly known as Salem, MS., was formed in 1870. Subsequent to being conjoined with its neighboring counties, Marshall and Tippah, Benton County became a county of its own and gained a new sense of individuality and independence.

 

People/Persons

Loyal W. Thompson

Loyal W. Thompson, Sr. served as Captain and Director Chairman of the Citizen's Club and member ...

Aviva Futorian

Aviva Futorian, originally of New Albany, was a young graduate from Brandeis when she worked in ...

Gloria Xifaras Clark

Gloria Xifaras Clark was a prominent advocate for civil rights in Benton, as well as Marshall, T...

Places

Rowland Cemetery

Rowland Cemetery also known as Smith's Grove is an abandoned cemetery located on Highway 72 and ...

Organizations

Benton Citizens' Club and the Benton County Freedom Train

In addition to the remarkable work of the Freedom School, the Citizens' Club was launched. Their...

COFO of Benton County

In northern Mississippi, there were many offices for the Council of Federated Organizations, or ...

Freedom Schools in Benton County

The first Freedom School of Benton County, founded in late summer 1964, was held at Mt. Zion CME...

Events

Voter Registration in Benton County

(1960s) Walter Reaves, a citizen of Benton, along with others, urged people to become registered...

Economic Coercion in Benton County

(1960s) Following the church burnings, many were frightened because they feared for their lives ...

Church Burnings of Benton County

(1960s) In the summer of 1964, civil rights workers conducted their first meeting at Mt. Zion CM...