Alcorn County Data Dashboard

Demographic data that helps add context to many historical events.

Alcorn State University

Alcorn State University is a historically black university located near Lorman, Mississippi. Founded in 1871 by the Reconstruction era legislature, the university was the first black land grant college in the United States and provided higher education for freedmen. Medgar […]

Black History Museum of Corinth

Located in the former residence of William Dakota and Adrienne Combs Webb, the home was donated to the city Corinth in 1990.  Adrienne Combs Webb (1896-1987) was the daughter of J. B. Combs, principal of the Colored School. The African-American […]

Cayton, Horace R.

Horace R. Cayton (1859-1940): An African-American journalist and politician, Cayton was born on a Mississippi plantation in 1859 and graduated from Alcorn College (now Alcorn State University) in the early 1880s. He moved to Seattle, Washington, worked as a journalist, and […]

Corinth Contraband Camp

After the Union took control of Corinth in 1962, the town became a haven for thousands of runaway slaves who sought freedom and protection. Union General Grenville Dodge enlisted the escaped slaves as teamsters, cooks, laborers, and armed security guards, which […]

Eddington, Grady (also Edding, Grady)

Grady Eddington: Grady Eddington was the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Alcorn County, Mississippi. The years of his leadership are unknown, but the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission mentions him as president in […]

Evers, Medgar

Medgar Evers (1925-1963): Born in Decatur, Mississippi, Evers enrolled at Alcorn College (now Alcorn State University) in 1948. He majored in business administration, was on the debate team, played football, ran track, sang in the school choir, and served as […]

Haley, Alex

Alex Haley (1921-1992): African-American writer Alex Haley is best known as the author of Roots: The Saga of an American Family and the co-author of The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Haley attended Alcorn State University beginning at age fifteen and […]

Prather, William Roy

William Roy Prather (c. 1944-1959): Fifteen-year-old African-American William Roy Prather was killed in Corinth in what whites called a “Halloween prank” on November 1, 1959. One of the eight youths involved was indicted on manslaughter charges, but not convicted. As […]

The Murder of William Roy Prather

On November 1, 1959, whites killed fifteen-year-old African-American William Roy Prather in Corinth. Whites called it a “Halloween prank,” but the African-American community considered it a hate crime. One of the eight youths involved was indicted on manslaughtercharges, but not […]

Walker, Joseph Edison

Joseph Edison Walker (1897-1958): Born in Tillman, Mississippi, Walker was a leading African American physician, businessman and religious leader. He graduated from Alcorn College in 1903 and then attended medical school at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. He practiced as […]