Barnes, Thelma

Thelma Barnes was an activist for the Delta Ministry throughout the 1960s and ’70s. Barnes was born in Issaquena County. […]

Blackwell v Issaquena County Board of Education (1966)

(Date of Event: 1965-1966) On January 29, 1965, roughly thirty students at Henry Weathers High School (an all black public […]

COFO of Issaquena

COFO was a coalition of organizations such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the National Association for the Advancement […]

Cobb, Charles

Charles Cobb was a political activist in Springfield, Massachusetts, through his church, St. John’s United Church of Christ. His reputation […]

Delta Ministry in Issaquena Co.

The Delta Ministry was formed by the NCC in 1964 to hold grassroots training sessions for sharecroppers on the importance […]

Fleming, Willie

Fleming, an Army veteran, worked as a voter registration activist during the “Freedom Summer”of 1964. Sources: “An Oral History with […]

Freedom Schools in Issaquena County

Freedom Schools were established by rights activists to provide high quality educators to underserved areas. In Sharkey and Issaquena Counties, […]

Hall Jr., Clarence

Clarence Hall, Jr. was a local activist who made some of the first inquiries into an NAACP law suit against […]

Hall Jr., Clarence

Clarence Hall, Jr. was a local activist and Issaquena County native who made some of the first inquiries into an […]

Issaquena County Data Dashboard

Demographic data that helps add context to many historical events.

MFDP of Issaquena

The MFDP grew out of protest against the lack of diversity among the party elite of the Mississippi Democratic Party. […]

Mollison, W. E.

W.E. Mollison was an early leader for equal rights in Mississippi and served as historical inspiration for noted activists like […]

NCC in Issaquena County

The NCC is a confederation of churches of various denominations that took part in lobbying Congress for civil rights reforms […]

Reed, Annie Laurie

Reed served as a grassroots organizer and voter registration activist for Unita Blackwell during the “Freedom Summer”of 1964 and throughout […]

Ripley, Minnie

Minnie Ripley, known as “Momma Rip”in Issaquena County, was among the first symbolic black members of the Mayersville community to […]

Sias, Henry

Born in 1881, Henry Sias was a prominent member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP). After serving in World […]

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

Considered one of the most integral organizations in the 1960s, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC, pronounced “Snick”) functioned to […]

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) of Issaquena

SNCC began in 1960 as an organization of students concerned with the lack of equality and social justice in the […]