Smith, Lamar

Lamar Smith, a local farmer, was shot at the age of sixty-two in Brookhaven. Smith was shot in broad daylight on the lawn of the Brookhaven Courthouse. Two weeks prior to the shooting, Smith voted in a primary and was helping other African-Americans learn how to use the absentee ballots so that they could avoid the polls but still vote. Two men were arrested for the murder but the grand jury refused to indict the men. Smith’s murder was one of several racially motivated attacks in Mississippi during 1955.

Sources:

Klopfer, Susan, Barry Klopfer, and Fred Klopfer. “Where Rebels Roost: Mississippi Civil Rights Revisited.”Susan Klopfer: 2005.