According to a 1960 Sovereignty Commission report, there was no civil rights activity in Prentiss County. At the time there were no black people registered to vote in the entire county. In 1966, black children in first grade started to be transferred into white schools, at the approval of the Prentiss County Board of Education. In 1985, Booneville, the seat of Prentiss County, elected its first black alderman, Robert Swinney. In 1950, In 1950, 10.5% of the population was black. Today, Prentiss County is 84.25% white, 14.3% black, .3% Native American, .2% Asian, and 1.1% mixed race. 1.2% of the population identifies as Hispanic and/or Latino.
Prentiss County, Mississippi: history and families. Limited ed. Paducah, Ky.: Turner Pub. Co., 2002. Print.
Mississippi Sovereignty Commission Files, Mississippi Department of Archives and History