Voting Rights Act in Jones County

(Jones County) (1965) After passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Laurel Leader Call reported that while 99.9 percent of whites in Jones County were registered to vote, only 8.8 percent of blacks were registered. By August 20, 1965, the US Department of Justice had set up a registration office in the conference room of the Laurel Post Office run by a seven man team of voting examiners. In a ten day period, the registrars recorded more than 1,000 black voters.


Laurel Remembrances by Cleveland Payne published in 1996.