Clarke

Yates, Gayle Graham

Yates was born and raised in Shubuta, Mississippi. She left for schooling and later returned to write a dynamic book about Shubuta. Yates has published several books listed below: Life and Death in a Small Southern Town: Memories of Shubuta, Mississippi (2004) Mississippi Mind: A Personal Cultural History of an American State (1990) Harriet Martineau […]

Stonewall Public Swimming Pool

Stonewall, Miss., had a local community pool during the 1960s, but during the time of desegregation, the pool was shut down when it faced the possibility of integration. In 2006, Gil Carmichael, a businessman from Mississippi decided to excavate the pool, and reopen the pool for blacks and whites. The New York Times wrote a […]

Lynching of Charlie Lang and Ernest Green

In October 1942, Charlie Lang and Ernest Green, two fourteen year old boys, were lynched in Shubuta. The Bitter River, a now-famous Langston Hughes poem, is written in reference to the lynching of Charlie and Ernest: The Bitter River (Dedicated to the memory of Charlie Lang and Ernest Green, each fourteen years old when lynched […]

Lynching of Aaron Harris

Aaron Harris was lynched on June 12, 1883, for murdering an undisclosed person. Sources: http://members.aol.com/wdwylie6/1880-1889.htm

The Hanging Bridge

Gayle Graham Gates authored a book entitled, Life and Death in a Small Town: Memories of Shubuta, Mississippi. Within the book she writes: “Like much of the rest of the South, piney woods Shubuta bears its own burden of racial conflict. In 1917, five black “people”were hanged without trial for murder from the bridge over […]

Road, Rapp

Rapp Road is a historically black community in Albany, New York. Most of the families who live there came from the town of Shubuta in Clarke County, MS. In the 1930’s and 1940’s many African-Americans left Clarke County for a better life to live in New York. Today the Rapp Road Community is part of […]

McCarty, Osceola

Osceola McCarty was a poor washerwoman from Shubuta, MS. She became one of the most famous women to have lived in Clarke County. Osceola saved money all of her life to give to The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). She had very little if any connection with the former all-white school, but she saw the […]

McKenzie, Rev. Advial

Rev. Advial McKenzie was a human rights activist. He is currently Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Quitman, Clarke County, Mississippi. Rev. McKenzie was speaker at the Neshoba Call for Justice in 2004. At the 43rd Annual Mississippi Civil Rights Martyrs Memorial Service and Conference and Caravan for Justice a Success, Rev. McKenzie was presented […]