Brooks, Eddie

Eddie Brooks was a SNCC field worker in Clay County in the mid-1960s. Source:

Buffington, John

John Buffington was SNCC field worker in Clay County in the mid-1960s, served as chairman of the Clay County Community […]

Buffington, Terry

Terry Buffington was born in West Point, Mississippi, where she attended segregated schools.  As a young woman, she became involved […]

Burnett, Chester Arthur

West Point was the birthplace of blues musician “The Howlin’ Wolf,”or “Howlin’ Wolf,”Chester Arthur Burnett, (1910-1976). Burnett was born in […]

Clay County Dashboard

Demographic data that helps add context to many historical events.

Darley, Dede L. Jackson

Darley was the first black teacher to teach in West Point High School after desegregation in 1969. She taught in […]

Davis, Ernest

Davis was the first black policeman to serve in West Point. Davis was also the first school bus driver for […]

Hannah, Linda

Hannah, a local bank employee in West Point, was the first African American woman to e elected to the board […]

Jackson Sr., John W.

Jackson was an organizer and charter member of Clay County Chapter NAACP. Jackson also assisted in organizing the Mississippi Freedom […]

Kroger Boycott

In the mid-1960s, a group of about 300 black people were brought to trial for protesting the segregation practices of […]

O’Neal, Louis James

O’Neal served as president of the NAACP Clay County Chapter and received the Johnny Jackson NAACP Award. Sources: West Point […]

Orr, John Nelson (J.N.)

Orr was the first African American elected to the City Board of Selectmen in West Point. He served two terms. […]

Robbins, Rev. William Ivory (W.I.)

Robbins began his ministerial work at age twenty-six. He served as pastor of Mt. Herman Baptist Church for twenty-seven years […]

Thomas, John

John Thomas was a long-time civil rights advocate who was shot and killed in front of a grocery store in […]