Lincoln

Whitworth College

Whitworth College founded in 1858 in Brookhaven, operated as a four-year, all-female, Methodist institution from 1858 until 1928. In 1928, it became a liberal arts junior college as part of the Millsaps System. In 1937, the Methodist Conference withdrew its support. In its time, the Whitworth College campus was a Civil War Confederate hospital, a […]

Smith, Lamar

Lamar Smith, a local farmer, was shot at the age of sixty-two in Brookhaven. Smith was shot in broad daylight on the lawn of the Brookhaven Courthouse. Two weeks prior to the shooting, Smith voted in a primary and was helping other African-Americans learn how to use the absentee ballots so that they could avoid […]

Black Monday

Judge Thomas Brady’s pamphlet, Black Monday, outlined the White Citizen’s Council’s goals, including the abolition of public schools, nullification of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and establishment of a separate black state. The publication of this handbook inspired many Mississippians to join the Citizens’ Council movement. Sources: http://olemiss.edu/depts/general_library/files/archives/collections/guides/latesthtml/MUM00072.html

Watkins, Hollis

Hollis Watkins was born in Lincoln County, Mississippi, as the twelfth child of a sharecropping family. He became the first Mississippi student to join SNCC as a voting rights organizer at the age of nineteen. He is the co-founder and current president of Southern Echo, Inc., a “leadership development, education, training, and technical assistance organization […]

Brady, Thomas Pickens

Thomas Pickens Brady, author of Black Monday, was educated in the public schools and graduated from Brookhaven High School in 1920. Thomas Brady practiced law in Brookhaven, Mississippi, from 1930 to 1950. He served as Circuit Judge of the 14th Judicial District from 1950 to 1963. He was appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court in […]

Jacobs, Charles

Jacobs came to Brookhaven in 1958 and helped to establish the Brookhaven Daily Leader in 1968. He was editor of the Daily Leader during the Civil Rights Movement. Sources: http://www.llf.lib.ms.us/Winnebago/LLF/Oral%20Histories/JACOBS.htm