Tunica – People/Persons

Jackson, Jessie

In 1985 Jessie Jackson came to Tunica County, Mississippi. He proclaimed Tunica, Mississippi to be “America’s Ethiopia”because of its rank as one of the poorest Counties in the United States. As well Jackson went to an area known as Sugar Ditch in Tunica where many poor African Americans were living under the poverty line without indoor plumbing or electricity.

Sources:

Lights in the Delta. Dir. Molly Blank. UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, 2004.

Grant, Joseph

According to the 1959 State Sovereignty Commission Report, Joseph Grant was a local plumber, who “attempted to organize the NAACP in 1954, but:considerable economic pressure was placed on Grant, and he could get no trade among the white people. As a result he almost starved.”

Sources:

Sovereignty Commission Online: http://mdah.state.ms.us/arlib/contents/er/sovcom/

Dulaney Jr., John

A local attorney, Mr. Dulaney was the first President and one of the founders of the local White Citizens Council.

Sources:

Sovereignty Commission Online: http://mdah.state.ms.us/arlib/contents/er/sovcom/

Grand, J.V.

Local Civil Right Leader.

Sources:

Sovereignty Commission Online: http://mdah.state.ms.us/arlib/contents/er/sovcom/

Norwood, Calvin

Civil rights leader and President of the local NAACP durring civil rights era.

Sources:

Sovereignty Commission Online: http://mdah.state.ms.us/arlib/contents/er/sovcom/

Fort, Rosa

Tunica’s high school for black students. It replaced all of the former plantation schools and served 3,000 black students in the 1960’s.

Sources:

Desegregation in Tunica: http://www.aliciapatterson.org/APF1802/Parker/Parker.html

Tucker, Pattie Sue

Pattie Sue Tucker-Tucker was a white teacher who was one of the few teachers to stay in the public school system after desegregation.

Sources:

http://www.aliciapatterson.org/APF1802/Parker/Parker.html