Tunica – Places

Sugar Ditch

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. 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.


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

Rosa Fort School

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