Jack Reed, Sr., a prominent Tupelo businessman tells of time when he and nineteen others met at the Rex Plaza in response to a speech made by Ross Barnett in Jackson, Mississippi, at a football game. During this speech, Mr. Barnett called for public schools to be closed. Mr. Reed and the others decided to write Mr. Barnett a letter calling for the public schools to stay opened. The letter itself was written by Mr. Reed and was wired to the governor.
Interview of Jack Reed, Sr.