Coney was born January 8, 1923 in Magnolia, MS, and was a civil and human rights activist. After completing his education at Alcorn State University, he and his wife Clarece Dillon Coney managed the Flora Parish State 4-H Club Camp from 1952 to 1965. They then moved to Canton. During the 1966 Freedom Summer tear gas incident at McNeal Elementary School, Coney stood on his front porch with a rifle, ready to protect his family and his dwelling. Marchers running to the Coney home for shelter literally picked him up and brought him into his house away from the gas. During that same event, Coney housed and fed 127 civil rights marchers during the summer of 1966.
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