Federal Housing Grant Controversy

In 1963, the town of Aberdeen was given a grant to build public housing with proper electricity, water and sewage capabilities. This was to be used in Aberdeen’s poorest section of town, which happened to be in a black neighborhood. In early February, a mayoral candidate for Aberdeen, Ray Tolar, blasted the housing project saying […]

Freedman’s Town of Aberdeen

Aberdeen was established prior to the Civil War in 1837. During slavery, there were several free blacks that lived in the community. Laws were then passed in Mississippi that would discourage free blacks from living in town before the Civil War. This caused many blacks to leave the town out of fear. However, for those […]

Integration of Evans Library

(1966-67) One of the most significant occurrences of the Civil Rights Movement in Aberdeen pertained to the public libraries in the town. In 1939, Dr. W. A. Evans donated the money to establish a library in Aberdeen. At first, the library resided in the second floor of City Hall. However, a building was later built […]

School Desegregation in Monroe County

(1966-67) The Amory public schools began to integrate in the 1966-67 school year. At that time, not only were the first black students registered in the formerly all-white East Amory Elementary School on Concord Avenue, but the first black teacher arrived as well. Mrs. Earnestine Wall joined the faculty of East Amory as the librarian […]

The Aberdeen Examiner

The Aberdeen Examiner often took unusual stances, seemingly at the sides of the black citizens. One article, in a response to an editorial, stated that private schools were not the answer to the problem of integration because Aberdeen already had good schools. The editor compared the White Citizens’ Council, of which the editorial writer was […]