Tunica


Desegregation in Tunica County

(1960s) Before desegregation, black children attended plantation schools. The plantation schools were usually one room schools, and they only ran for six months of the year. These types of schools continued all the way until the 1960s. The teachers were hired by the local school districts, but they were treated with disrespect. On paydays the […]

Dulaney Jr., John

A local attorney, Mr. Dulaney was the first President and one of the founders of the local White Citizens Council. Sources: Sovereignty Commission Online: http://mdah.state.ms.us/arlib/contents/er/sovcom/

Fort, Rosa

Tunica’s high school for black students. It replaced all of the former plantation schools and served 3,000 black students in the 1960’s. Sources: Desegregation in Tunica: http://www.aliciapatterson.org/APF1802/Parker/Parker.html

Grand, J.V.

Local Civil Right Leader. Sources: Sovereignty Commission Online: http://mdah.state.ms.us/arlib/contents/er/sovcom/

Grant, Joseph

According to the 1959 State Sovereignty Commission Report, Joseph Grant was a local plumber, who “attempted to organize the NAACP in 1954, but:considerable economic pressure was placed on Grant, and he could get no trade among the white people. As a result he almost starved.” Sources: Sovereignty Commission Online: http://mdah.state.ms.us/arlib/contents/er/sovcom/

Jackson, Jessie

In 1985 Jessie Jackson came to Tunica County, Mississippi. He proclaimed Tunica, Mississippi to be “America’s Ethiopia”because of its rank as one of the poorest Counties in the United States. As well Jackson went to an area known as Sugar Ditch in Tunica where many poor African Americans were living under the poverty line without […]

Norwood, Calvin

Civil rights leader and President of the local NAACP durring civil rights era. Sources: Sovereignty Commission Online: http://mdah.state.ms.us/arlib/contents/er/sovcom/

Rosa Fort School

Tunica’s high school for black students. It replaced all of the former plantation schools and served 3,000 black students in the 1960s. Sources: http://www.aliciapatterson.org/APF1802/Parker/Parker.html

School Desegregation

Before desegregation, black children attended plantation schools. The plantation schools were usually one room schools, and they only ran for six months of the year. These types of schools continued all the way until the 1960’s. The teachers were hired by the local school districts, but they were treated with disrespect. On paydays the teachers […]

Sugar Ditch

In 1985 Jessie Jackson came to Tunica County, Mississippi. He proclaimed Tunica, Mississippi, to be “America’s Ethiopia”because of its rank as one of the poorest Counties in the United States. Jackson went to an area known as Sugar Ditch in Tunica where many poor African Americans were living under the poverty line without indoor plumbing […]

Tucker, Pattie Sue

Pattie Sue Tucker-Tucker was a white teacher who was one of the few teachers to stay in the public school system after desegregation. Sources: http://www.aliciapatterson.org/APF1802/Parker/Parker.html