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 Development Organization, and was also a member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Source:

Buffington, Terry

Terry Buffington was born in West Point, Mississippi, where she attended segregated schools.  As a young woman, she became involved with SNCC in Clay County. She studied Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi and later became an anthropologist and […]

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 the area now known as White Station and was an influential blues singer, songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player. Sources:

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 the West Point School System for forty-seven years. Sources: West Point Hall of Fame

Davis, Ernest

Davis was the first black policeman to serve in West Point. Davis was also the first school bus driver for black children. Sources: West Point Hall of Fame

Hannah, Linda

Hannah, a local bank employee in West Point, was the first African American woman to e elected to the board of Selectmen of the City of West Point. Sources: West Point Hall of Fame

Jackson Sr., John W.

Jackson was an organizer and charter member of Clay County Chapter NAACP. Jackson also assisted in organizing the Mississippi Freedom Democratic party and spearheaded the class action suit for desegregation of West Point City School System. Jackson co-founded the Prairie […]

Kroger Boycott

In the mid-1960s, a group of about 300 black people were brought to trial for protesting the segregation practices of stores in West Point. The boycott began with the local Kroger, which refused to hire black employees.  Source:

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 Hall of Fame

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. Sources: West Point Hall of Fame

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 and St. Paul Baptist Church of West Point for twenty-three years. Robbins helped bring stability to the civil rights movement […]

Thomas, John

John Thomas was a long-time civil rights advocate who was shot and killed in front of a grocery store in West Point, Mississippi, on August 14, 1970. His killer, a white man named Seth Stanley, was later acquitted by an […]