Quitman


Delta Burial Association

This burial company existed in the the late ‘50’s and 60’s in Marks, MS, and became a hub of NAACP anti-segregation activity. The Sovereignty Commission reported that every associated member of the company was a “subversive”. Sources: Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, Mississippi Department of Archives & History

Marx, Leopold

Leopold Marx was a Jewish immigrant who emigrated from Germany to avoid the draft. He settled in Mississippi and began to purchase land in what was at the time Tunica County. He faced great discrimination for his Jewish heritage, but managed to purchase a great deal of land in spite of this. He was elected […]

Negro Masonic Lodge

This all-back Masonic Lodge in Marks, MS, reportedly served as a headquarters for COFO (Council of Federated Organizations) civil rights agitators. Sources: Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, Mississippi Department of Archives & History

Negro’s Voting League of Quitman County

This local organization attempted to register more black people to vote in the ’60s. Rev. O.W. Ingram was its secretary and treasurer. Sources: Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, Mississippi Department of Archives & History

Poor People’s Campaign

(1968, 2003) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was delivering a sermon in Clarksdale in late 1967 when he was told that he needed to see the economic ruin of African-Americans in Marks, Mississippi (Quitman County). Upon arrival, Dr. King wept. Dr. King’s experience in Marks would lead him to hatch the Poor People’s Campaign. King […]

Pride, Charlie Frank

Pride was born in Sledge, Quitman County, MS, in 1938. Charlie Pride was the first African American to be a successful country music musician. During his music career Charlie obtained twenty-nine No. 1 singles, and he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000. Sources: http://www.cmt.com/news/articles/1578951/20080103/pride_charley.jhtml http://www.countrymusichalloffame.com/site/inductees.aspx?cid=158#

Quitman County Development Organization, Inc.

This local organization describes its mission as “To become the premier organization in transforming the Mississippi Delta through the development of self-help strategies that will impact the economic and social well being of the region.” Sources: Quitman County Development Organization