Dahmer was born in Jasper County, Mississippi in 1925. Dahmer attended Jasper County Training School, and after completing high school, she attended Alcorn A&M College (now Alcorn State University). After her sophomore year, she transferred to Tennessee A&F in Nashville, Tennessee, where she finished her degree. Dahmer began teaching in Forrest County, Mississippi, in 1951. While there she met and married Vernon F. Dahmer. Vernon Dahmer was a prominent black businessman, civil rights activist, and two-term president of the local chapter of the NAACP. As a result of Vernon Dahmer’s work in the civil rights movement in Mississippi, the family’s house was firebombed by the Ku Klux Klan in 1966. Shortly thereafter, Vernon Dahmer died due to lung damage caused by smoke inhalation. Ellie Dahmer continued teaching for many years in Richton, Mississippi, until she retired in 1987.
In 1998, former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan Samuel H. Bowers of Laurel, Miss., was convicted on murder and arson charges for Dahmer’s death.
“32 Years to Justice.”Sandra Peters. United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. http://gbgm-umc.org/response/articles/dahmer.html
“Mississippi Faces Past in Klan Trial.”London Telegraph. 19 August 1998. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/htmlContent.jhtml?html=/archive/1998/08/19/wkkk19.html