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1955 Lynchings

After the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, several gentlemen of the Benton County area were lynched in association with Till’s […]

Benton Citizens’ Club and the Benton County Freedom Train

In addition to the remarkable work of the Freedom School, the Citizens’ Club was launched. Their main focus was to […]

Benton County Data Dashboard

Demographic data that helps add context to many historical events.

COFO of Benton County

In northern Mississippi, there were many offices for the Council of Federated Organizations, or COFO. COFO was an organization made […]

Church Burnings of Benton County

(1960s) In the summer of 1964, civil rights workers conducted their first meeting at Mt. Zion CME. Meetings took place […]

Citizen’s Club

In addition to the remarkable works of the freedom school, the Citizen’s Club was launched. Their main focus was to […]

Clark, Gloria Xifaras

Gloria Xifaras Clark was a prominent advocate for civil rights in Benton, as well as Marshall, Tippah, and Union counties. […]

Economic Coercion in Benton County

(1960s) Following the church burnings, many were frightened because they feared for their lives as well as their jobs. It […]

Farese, Orene E.

In 1938, Orene E. Farese became a high school English teacher in Ashland, MS, located in Benton County. In 1939, […]

Farese, Orene E. and Farese, John

In 1938, Orene E. Farese became a high school English teacher in Ashland, MS, located in Benton County. In 1939, […]

Freedom Schools in Benton County

The first Freedom School of Benton County, founded in late summer 1964, was held at Mt. Zion CME. Students were […]

Futorian, Aviva

Aviva Futorian, originally of New Albany, was a young graduate from Brandeis when she worked in Mississippi during Freedom Summer […]

Hicks, Hervey O.

Benton County native, served in the House of Representatives in 1931 and from 1948 to 1976.

Rowland Cemetery

Rowland Cemetery also known as Smith’s Grove is an abandoned cemetery located on Highway 72 and Pottery Road. Within this […]

The Benton County Citizens Club

The Benton County Citizens Club objectives included the betterment of the members of the colored race, particularly from an educational […]

Thompson, Loyal W.

Loyal W. Thompson, Sr. served as Captain and Director Chairman of the Citizen’s Club and member of the local chapter […]

Voter Registration in Benton County

(1960s) Walter Reaves, a citizen of Benton, along with others, urged people to become registered voters during the Civil Rights […]