Clarke – Places

Stonewall Public Swimming Pool

Stonewall, Miss., had a local community pool during the 1960s, but during the time of desegregation, the pool was shut down when it faced the possibility of integration. In 2006, Gil Carmichael, a businessman from Mississippi decided to excavate the pool, and reopen the pool for blacks and whites. The New York Times wrote a story about on September 11, 2006.


The Hanging Bridge

Gayle Graham Gates authored a book entitled, Life and Death in a Small Town: Memories of Shubuta, Mississippi. Within the book she writes:

“Like much of the rest of the South, piney woods Shubuta bears its own burden of racial conflict. In 1917, five black “people”were hanged without trial for murder from the bridge over the Chickasawhay, from which it acquired its name, “The Hanging Bridge.”Again in 1942, two black teenagers were lynched for scaring a white girl the stories say. Neither incident was ever investigated; no suspects ever identified.”