Blasts Rock Negro Church Home in Canton

(1965) “Explosions rocked a Negro church and a Negro home early Friday in this central Mississippi town which has been the target of increased civil rights activity in recent months. There were no injuries.

Windows were shattered in both Pleasant Green Church of Christ, used by civil rights workers for rallies, and the nearby home of Alberta Robertson. Wilbur Robinson of the NAACP and George Raymond of CORE said the explosions were apparently caused by “chemical bombs.” Holes 12 inches in diameter and 5 inches deep were left on the lawns of both the church and the Robertson woman’s home, he said.

CORE initiated the voter campaign here and is cooperating now in the project with the NAACP and other civil rights groups, as well as the National Council of Churches. Canton, 40 miles north of Jackson, is in Madison County, where Negroes outnumber whites nearly 7-3.”


Associated Press, 1965.