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Banks, Bobby

He was born September 21, 1952, in Grenada County, Mississippi. After graduating from high school, he took a job with […]

Delta Inn

The Delta Inn was built circa 1920 in Sumner as a railroad and residence hotel by Mr. Zachariah Edward Jennings. […]

Dixon, Ernestine

She was born October 21, 1957, in Glendora, MS, and received an AA in Business Administration from Coahoma Community College. […]

Emmett Till Memorial Commission

On August 28, 1955, 14-year old Emmett Till was kidnapped in the middle of the night from his uncle’s home […]

Glendora Gin

An old metal fan used for ginning cotton was taken from this gin, the Glendora Gin Company, by Roy Bryant […]

Gort Jr., Solomon

SOLOMON GORT, JR., (1936-1989), was born in Bolivar County, Mississippi. He had a distinguished career of service, which took him […]

Grayson, Robert L.: Oral History

ROBERT L. GRAYSON, of Tutwiler, was born on May 10, 1941. He became the first African American mayor of Tutwiler […]

Hale, Johnnie: Oral History

Johnnie Hale grew up in Sumner, Mississippi. He remembers Emmett Till’s murder and the boy’s mother’s request for an open-casket. […]

Huddleston, Robert E.

ROBERT E. HUDDLESTON serves in the Mississippi House of Representatives on behalf of the 30th House District. He was elected […]

Jackson, Woodrow “Champ”: Oral History

WOODROW “CHAMP”JACKSON was born February 10, 1921 in Tchula, Mississippi. He is recognized for preparing the body of Emmett Till […]

Little, Jerome G.: Oral History

JEROME G. LITTLE was born in 1952 in Sumner, Mississippi. After serving in the Marine Corps from 1974 to 1977, […]

Martin, Doroth M.

DOROTHY M. MARTIN was born in Tallahatchie County on June 24, 1952. She attended Northwest Mississippi Junior College and graduated […]

Melton, Clinton

The September 1955 acquittal of JW Milam and Roy Bryant for the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till fueled further racial […]

Milam’s House

This site was the home of JW Milam, who with his half-brother, Roy Bryant, murdered 14-yearold Emmett Till on August […]

Money Store

Bryant’s Grocery and Meat Market, owned by 21-year-old Carolyn and 24-year-old Roy Bryant, was housed here and primarily served sharecroppers […]

Peacock, Willie B. Wazir

Willie B. Wazir Peacock was born in Charleston, Talahatchie County, MS. Wazir attended Rust College in 1960. While at Rust […]

Pearson, Betty: Oral History

Betty Pearson discusses growing up in Clarksdale, MS. She describes the impact her family had on her attitude towards race […]

River Site

On August 31, 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till’s body was found 2.3 miles to the southeast of the marker. A fisherman […]

Sumner Courthouse

On September 23, 1955, two white men, Roy Bryant and JW Milam, were acquitted at the Sumner Courthouse of murdering […]

Tallahatchie County Data Dashboard

Demographic data that helps add context to many historical events.

Thomas, Johnny B.

JOHNNY B. THOMAS, born on November 30, 1953, is a native of Glendora and is currently the town’s mayor. He […]

Till, Emmett

Emmett Louis Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955) was an African-American teenager from Chicago, Illinois, who was brutally […]

Tutwiler Funeral Home

On August 31, 1955, Woodrow Jackson prepared Emmett Till’s body here at the Tutwiler Funeral Home to return to Emmett’s […]

Wiggins, Neomia “Sis” Lakes

NEOMIA “SIS”LAKES WIGGINS was born on September 28, 1917, near Charleston,Mississippi. She was the first African American person to register […]

Wilchie, John

JOHN WILCHIE was born in Glendora, Mississippi. In 1979 he was appointed to carry out the remaining term of Justice […]

Williams, Roosevelt

ROOSEVELT WILLIAMS was the first African American elected to the Tallahatchie County School Board of Trustee. He was elected in […]

Willis, Larry: Oral History

A Delta native, Larry Willis talks about his involvement with the civil rights movement and the Emmett Till murder. He […]