SNCC Retreat at Gulfside

In November 1964, members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) held a retreat at Gulfside to discuss the organization’s role in the movement and sort out future efforts by the group. SNCC was a student-formed and run organization that […]

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 […]

School Desegregation in Lafayette County

From the 1950s through the 1970s, many things changed for African-Americans on both the national and local level. In Oxford, organizations such as the Oxford Improvement Association, the Oxford Development Association, and the North Mississippi Rural Legal Services were founded. […]

School Desegregation in Monroe County

(1966-67) The Amory public schools began to integrate in the 1966-67 school year. At that time, not only were the first black students registered in the formerly all-white East Amory Elementary School on Concord Avenue, but the first black teacher […]

School Desegregation in Noxubee County

(1969-1970) Similar to numerous other schools, Noxubee County did not immediately integrate schools after the Brown v. Board decision. After the Aug. 1968 case of Adams v. Matthews, Noxubee County was order by the federal courts to implement integration. The […]

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 idea was that parents would choose to send their children to either school, and the intended reaction of continued segregation […]

School Desegregation in Pontotoc County

(1969) In Pontotoc County during the mid-1950s there were nineteen “white”schools and five “colored”schools. Barney Luther, who was the superintendent of education at the time, predicted that it would be twenty-five years or longer before segregation ended in Mississippi, if […]

School Desegregation in Stone County

Education in Stone County was purely segregated. The Stone County Board of education consisted of six white males. The white schools in the district received more funding than the black schools. More classes were offered at the white schools, and […]

School Desegregation in Union County

(1875-1950s) The first schools in Union County were established around 1875. In 1901, New Albany began construction of the first building dedicated exclusively to public education. Presumably, this school, which featured eighteen classrooms, offices, a basement, and an auditorium, served […]

Segregation in Stone

(1960’s) Even though there were not many demonstrations in Stone County there was still discrimination in public facilities. Blacks could only watch the movies from the upstairs balcony of the movie theater. Other public facilities, like cafés and lounges, were […]

Slave Insurrection of Madison

(1835) Rumors of a slave insurrection led to the lynching of numerous slaves. “Investigations”revealed that the plan was to rob and kill all whites at their homes. A “Committee of Safety”, which was comprised of thirteen men, was organized to […]