Covington – People/Persons

Weathersby, Zella

Zella Weathersby, a native of Mount Olive, was the first black teacher at the previously all-white Collins Elementary School in 1968.

Source:
http://www.lib.usm.edu/legacy/spcol/coh/cohweathersbyz.html

Moore, Calvin

Sheriff of Covington County during the Voter Registration Movement of 1964.

Sources:

http://www.usm.edu/crdp/html/transcripts/manuscript-mclaurin_griffin.shtml

Love, R.S.

Constable during the 1964 Voter Registration Movement in Covington County. Known for constantly harassing blacks by ticketing them and sending them to jail.

Sources:

http://www.usm.edu/crdp/html/transcripts/manuscript-mclaurin_griffin.shtml

Bourne, William James

Candidate for Supervisor in Covington County following the Voter Registration Movement.

Sources:

http://www.usm.edu/crdp/html/transcripts/manuscript-mclaurin_griffin.shtml

Higgins, Howard

Successful candidate for Constable in 1971-72. He was the first black deputy appointed by Sheriff Moore. The year that he ran the beats were redistricted.

Sources:

http://www.usm.edu/crdp/html/transcripts/manuscript-mclaurin_griffin.shtml

Head, Calvin

Calvin Head, son of Rosie Head, presently uses ten acres of McLaurin’s land for an organic farming project for young people. This project has received money from the Kellogg Foundation and generates money for school supplies and scholarships for the youth. The group also contracts with the Cisco Company in Jackson, selling them squash, cucumbers, zucchini and bell peppers.

Sources:

http://www.usm.edu/crdp/html/transcripts/manuscript-mclaurin_griffin.shtml