Groups

The Aberdeen Examiner

The Aberdeen Examiner often took unusual stances, seemingly at the sides of the black citizens. One article, in a response to an editorial, stated that private schools were not the answer to the problem of integration because Aberdeen already had […]

The Benton County Citizens Club

The Benton County Citizens Club objectives included the betterment of the members of the colored race, particularly from an educational standpoint. This club had been in existence for some time.

The Clarion-Ledger

The Clarion-Ledger is Jackson’s daily morning newspaper and the most widely circulated newspaper in Mississippi. For decades, the Clarion-Ledger and the now-defunct evening paper, the Jackson Daily News, were published by a family-owned company that supported segregation and transmitted to […]

The Community Citizen

In the 1950s, an African American man from New Albany named J.W. Jones published a semimonthly newspaper called The Community Citizen. It is believed the newspaper, which featured local “negro”news, national stories from newswire services, and editorials, was first published […]

The Delta Democrat-Times and the Carters

The Delta Democrat-Times, in Greenville, Miss., under the leadership of Hodding Carter II, and later his son, Hodding Carter III, advocated fairness and equal rights in the Mississippi Delta. Carter II, a Louisiana native, moved to Greenville in 1936 to […]

The Klan of Madison Co.

During Reconstruction, President Andrew Johnson sent a militia of approximately 100 blacks with a white captain to Canton. While the soldiers were there, the city marshal found it necessary to jail several of the men for drunkenness. When the other […]

The Philadelphia Coalition

The Philadelphia Coalition is a multiracial group of concerned local citizens that was formed around a call for justice in the case of the three civil rights workers–James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael “Mickey” Schwerner–who were murdered in Neshoba County, […]

The Prentiss Institute

Jefferson Davis County was carved out of surrounding counties in 1906. In 1907 the Prentiss Institute opened its doors. Jonas Edward Johnson and his wife Bertha LaBranche Johnson borrowed money to purchase 40 acres of land that included a log […]

The Tougaloo Nine

In 1961, nine African American students who were members of the Tougaloo NAACP Youth Council participated in Mississippi’s first civil rights “read-in”at the whites-only Jackson Municipal Public Library. On March 27, 1961, the Tougaloo Nine, four females and five males, […]

The White Citizens’ Council

        The White Citizens’ Council was for a time the largest and most influential white supremacist organization in Mississippi, deeply involved in seemingly all aspects of state and local affairs.   The organization, which originated in the small Mississippi Delta town […]

Tougaloo Child Development of Mississippi

Formerly located on this site was a house owned by Mrs. Annie Smith. Mrs. Smith was instrumental in founding the Tougaloo Center of the Child Development Group of Mississippi (CDGM) around 1965. The Child Development Group of Mississippi was one […]

Tupelo Daily Journal

The Tupelo Daily Journal was, in the words of business leader Jack Reed, “the voice of racial moderation since George McLean assumed ownership in 1934.”The Daily Journal “stood toe-to-toe against racists voices throughout the thirties and the forties.”McLean was known […]