Lincoln – People/Persons

Smith, Lamar

Lamar Smith, a local farmer, was shot at the age of sixty-two in Brookhaven. Smith was shot in broad daylight on the lawn of the Brookhaven Courthouse. Two weeks prior to the shooting, Smith voted in a primary and was helping other African-Americans learn how to use the absentee ballots so that they could avoid the polls but still vote. Two men were arrested for the murder but the grand jury refused to indict the men. Smith’s murder was one of several racially motivated attacks in Mississippi during 1955.


Klopfer, Susan, Barry Klopfer, and Fred Klopfer. “Where Rebels Roost: Mississippi Civil Rights Revisited.”Susan Klopfer: 2005.

Watkins, Hollis

Hollis Watkins was born in Lincoln County, Mississippi, as the twelfth child of a sharecropping family. He became the first Mississippi student to join SNCC as a voting rights organizer at the age of nineteen. He is the co-founder and current president of Southern Echo, Inc., a “leadership development, education, training, and technical assistance organization dedicated to empowering local residents throughout Mississippi and the Southern region to make political, economic, educational, and environmental systems accountable to the needs and interests of the African-American community.

Brady, Thomas Pickens

Thomas Pickens Brady, author of Black Monday, was educated in the public schools and graduated from Brookhaven High School in 1920. Thomas Brady practiced law in Brookhaven, Mississippi, from 1930 to 1950. He served as Circuit Judge of the 14th Judicial District from 1950 to 1963. He was appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court in July of 1963 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Associate Justice R. Olney Arrington. He was elected without opposition to fill the unexpired term. He was reelected to a full term beginning in January of 1969. Brady served as a Democratic National Committeeman from 1960 to 1964. He is the recipient of the 1956 Mississippi Legislature’s distinguished service citation.

He is a member of the American and State Bar Associations and the American Judicature Society.
He is also a member of many honorary and fraternal organizations and is a 32nd Degree Mason, Knight Templar and Shriner.


Jacobs, Charles

Jacobs came to Brookhaven in 1958 and helped to establish the Brookhaven Daily Leader in 1968. He was editor of the Daily Leader during the Civil Rights Movement.