Chickasaw – People/Persons

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 President of Okolona College. His published works of nonfiction include Pushing Forward: A History of Alcorn A. & M. College and Okolona, Mississippi: The Okolona Industrial School.

Sources:

“Walker Milan Davis.”University Libraries at Mississippi State University. http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?a=137&z=129#wdavis

“Negro College President Dies.”Jackson Daily News. Sovereignty Commission Files. Mississippi Archives and History Department. http://mdah.state.ms.us/arlib/contents/er/sovcom/result.php?image=/data/sov_commission/images/png/cd08/063944.png&otherstuff=10|19|0|3|1|1|1|63108|

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.