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COFO of Panola County

Around forty, volunteers came to Panola County to register black citizens to vote and to set up “freedom schools.”The volunteers […]

Cole, David

David Cole was the Superintendent of Panola County. His leadership helped reduce racial conflicts. As superintendent, Cole wanted to push […]

Cowan, J. Geoffrey

J. Geoffrey Cowan was a Yale law student who came to Panola as a COFO Volunteer. Sources: Wirt, Frederick M. […]

Desegregation in Panola

(1960-1971) Desegregation began in the late 1960s in Panola County. The initial approach for desegregation was “freedom of choice”. The […]

Middleton, Ray

Ray Middleton was a preacher in Batesville who tried to obtain voting rights before the Civil Rights Movement started. Sources: […]

Miles, Robert

Robert Miles provided leadership during the Civil Rights Movement in the city of Batesville. Miles worked with COFO to register […]

Morris, Leonard

Leonard Morris was one of the first black graduates from the University of Mississippi in 1971. He worked in stimulating […]

Panola County Data Dashboard

Demographic data that helps add context to many historical events.

School Desegregation in Panola County

(1970) Desegregation began in the late 1960’s in Panola County. The initial approach for desegregation was “freedom of choice”. The […]

Smith, Michael

Michael Smith was a Berkeley law student who came to Panola as a COFO Volunteer. Sources: Wirt, Frederick M. “Politics […]

Tranquilli, Martha

Martha Tranquilli was a nurse who came to Panola during Freedom Summer in1964 and ended up staying in Mississippi. Sources: […]

Voter Registration in Panola

(1961-1966) Panola was the first County in Mississippi to begin Black Suffrage. The U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division began […]

Voting Registration in Panola County

(1961-1966) Panola was the first county in Mississippi to begin black suffrage. The U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division began […]

White Citizen’s Council of Panola County

In 1955 a local chapter of the White Citizens’ Council was created, but for the most part the group was […]

Williams, Chris

Chris Williams was a COFO worker who came down to Panola County after graduating from high school in Amherst, Massachusetts. […]