After the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, several gentlemen of the Benton County area were lynched in association with Till’s death. Oliver Maxey, the Panam Brothers, John Henry Remmer, and Jones and Hugh Smith were lynched.
In addition to the remarkable work of the Freedom School, the Citizens’ Club was launched. Their main focus was to help better the lives of the black community. In regard to reaching others in the community the Citizens’ Club began […]
Demographic data that helps add context to many historical events.
In northern Mississippi, there were many offices for the Council of Federated Organizations, or COFO. COFO was an organization made up of all the civil rights and local citizenship groups in Mississippi, working together to improve conditions in Mississippi. Numerous […]
(1960s) In the summer of 1964, civil rights workers conducted their first meeting at Mt. Zion CME. Meetings took place at several churches in the area, and many churches were later burned or vandalized. Everett Chapel was one of the […]
In addition to the remarkable works of the freedom school, the Citizen’s Club was launched. Their main focus was to help better the lives of the blacks. In regard to reaching others in the community the Citizen’s Club began to […]
Gloria Xifaras Clark was a prominent advocate for civil rights in Benton, as well as Marshall, Tippah, and Union counties. She now resides in New Bedford, Massachussetts, but has vivid memories of the civil rights movement. In the early 1960s, […]
(1960s) Following the church burnings, many were frightened because they feared for their lives as well as their jobs. It was said that if anyone was found attending meetings or associating with civil rights workers or organizations such as COFO, […]
In 1938, Orene E. Farese became a high school English teacher in Ashland, MS, located in Benton County. In 1939, she married John Farese. During World War II, Gov. Paul Johnson appointed Farese as the chief clerk of the Benton […]
In 1938, Orene E. Farese became a high school English teacher in Ashland, MS, located in Benton County. In 1939, she married John Farese and moved to Benton County. With a forthcoming war, WWII, Gov. Paul Johnson, appointed Farese as […]
The first Freedom School of Benton County, founded in late summer 1964, was held at Mt. Zion CME. Students were taught voter literacy, confidence, and political activism in addition to academic subjects including black history. In the beginning, attendance was […]
Aviva Futorian, originally of New Albany, was a young graduate from Brandeis when she worked in Mississippi during Freedom Summer in 1964. She worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from 1964 to 1966, largely with the Benton County […]
Benton County native, served in the House of Representatives in 1931 and from 1948 to 1976.
Rowland Cemetery also known as Smith’s Grove is an abandoned cemetery located on Highway 72 and Pottery Road. Within this cemetery lie the bodies of several Civil War heroes such as R. W. Smith and William T. Rowland. R.W., short […]
The Benton County Citizens Club objectives included the betterment of the members of the colored race, particularly from an educational standpoint. This club had been in existence for some time.
Loyal W. Thompson, Sr. served as Captain and Director Chairman of the Citizen’s Club and member of the local chapter of the NAACP. In the June 1965 issue of Look magazine, Thompson was photographed sitting on his porch holding his […]
(1960s) Walter Reaves, a citizen of Benton, along with others, urged people to become registered voters during the Civil Rights Movement. Cleanna Tipler, Loyal W. Thompson, Sr., and Henry Reaves were some of the first to register to vote in […]