A.M. Strange Library

The A.M. Strange was a library opened solely to African Americans because they were not welcome at the Lee County Public Library. The A.M. Strange Library received the white library’s used books and was vastly inadequate as far as space and materials. Sources: Interview with Vera Dukes and Frances Williams.

Joyner Elementary School

At Joyner Elementary School, school administrators knocked out the walls between the classrooms and placed all 96 sixth grade students in one large room with three teachers, two of whom were white and one black. This action was taken to pacify whites who did not want their children to have an African American teacher. Sources: […]

KKK/United League March

(1976) The events that caused the Klu Klux Klan and the United League march began on March 18, 1976, when a prisoner in the local jail, Eugene Pasto, alleged he had been beaten by two white policemen, Dale Cruber and Roy Sandifer. Kenneth Mayfield, a Rural Legal Services attorney, took Mr. Pasto’s case, bringing a […]

Lyric Theatre

The Lyric Theater was located in Uptown Tupelo. African Americans were allowed to attend movies at the Lyric, but were forced to sit in a reserved section in the balcony exclusively for blacks and were forced to enter through a separate door. Sources: Interview with Vera Dukes.

Rex Plaza

Jack Reed, Sr., a prominent Tupelo businessman tells of time when he and nineteen others met at the Rex Plaza in response to a speech made by Ross Barnett in Jackson, Mississippi, at a football game. During this speech, Mr. Barnett called for public schools to be closed. Mr. Reed and the others decided to […]

Robins Noble Field

Robins Noble Field was the site for many Tupelo High School Football games on Friday nights. However, it was also the field that Carver High played on as well. Carver High School was the separate school for African Americans. While the white school played their game on Friday night, Carver was forced to wait to […]

Strand Theatre

The Strand Theater was located in Uptown Tupelo and showcased the latest movies. The entertainment available at The Strand was, however, exclusively for whites. Sources: Interview with Frances J. Williams.

TKE Drug Store

TKE was a drug store located in Downtown Tupelo. African Americans were forced to use a separate door before integration. Mrs. Dukes explained that if a white woman or man walked in the drugstore after she did, she would be forced to wait until after the sales clerk assisted the white male or female. Sources: […]

Tupelo Daily Journal

The Tupelo Daily Journal was, in the words of business leader Jack Reed, “the voice of racial moderation since George McLean assumed ownership in 1934.”The Daily Journal “stood toe-to-toe against racists voices throughout the thirties and the forties.”McLean was known in the community as being a supporter of “cause of the black man.”He made himself […]