Grenada County Schools

The first day of school was postponed multiple times by whites trying to delay the integration. Four hundred and fifty black students registered to attend white schools, but only 200 attempted to attend the first day because the others were threatened with loss of jobs and evictions. Black students trying to integrate were attacked by mobs of whites, who beat some of the children. Eventually, the students had to assemble at Bellflower and be marched with adults to the school. Students were harassed when they began school. There was a walkout of the white schools to protest the continuing harassment. The boycott lasted for 11 days. Most of the black students attending the black schools boycotted their schools as well. By the end of the school year, Grenada had the most African-Americans attending formerly white schools than any other rural MS county.


Dittmer, John. Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi. Urbana, Ill. University of Illinois Press, 1994.