People

Hale, Johnnie: Oral History

Johnnie Hale grew up in Sumner, Mississippi. He remembers Emmett Till’s murder and the boy’s mother’s request for an open-casket. […]

Haley, Alex

Alex Haley (1921-1992): African-American writer Alex Haley is best known as the author of Roots: The Saga of an American […]

Hall Jr., Clarence

Clarence Hall, Jr. was a local activist and Issaquena County native who made some of the first inquiries into an […]

Hall Jr., Clarence

Clarence Hall, Jr. was a local activist who made some of the first inquiries into an NAACP law suit against […]

Hall, Carsie; Young, Jack; and Brown, R. Jess

Carsie Hall, Jack Young, and R. Jess Brown were the only African American lawyers who were licensed to practice in […]

Hamer, Fannie Lou

Fannie Lou Townsend Hamer was born on October 6, 1917, in Montgomery County, Mississippi. Fannie was the youngest of twenty […]

Hannah, Linda

Hannah, a local bank employee in West Point, was the first African American woman to e elected to the board […]

Hardy, John W.

John W. Hardy, an active member of SNCC during the sixties, worked to establish a voter registration school in 1961 […]

Harkey, Ira

Ira Harkey was the outspoken editor of The Pascagoula Chronicle (now the Mississippi Press) from 1948-63. Harkey’s writings called for […]

Harris, Thomas: Oral History

Thomas Harris is a native of McComb, Mississippi and has seen McComb change over the years. He grew up with […]

Hartford, Bruce

Bruce Hartford was a member of SCLC who participated in the March Against Fear and worked in Grenada. Source:http://www.crmvet.org/vet/hartford.htm

Hazelton, Margaret Jo

Margaret Jo Hazelton, a native of Detroit, was a Freedom Summer volunteer who worked in the community center in Clarksdale. […]

Head, Calvin

Calvin Head, son of Rosie Head, presently uses ten acres of McLaurin’s land for an organic farming project for young […]

Height, Dorothy

Educator and noted civil rights activist Dorothy Height talks about Heifer’s involvement at the Prentiss Institute as the inspiration for […]

Henry, Aaron

Aaron Henry, one of the most influential figures in the civil rights movement, grew up in Clarksdale (742 Garfield). Henry […]

Hicks, Hervey O.

Benton County native, served in the House of Representatives in 1931 and from 1948 to 1976.

Higgins, Howard

Successful candidate for Constable in 1971-72. He was the first black deputy appointed by Sheriff Moore. The year that he […]

Hill, Siddell

Members of the Siddell, Hill, and Barry families were the first to integrate Union County schools.

Holbert, Joe

Holbert was the first African American to deliver mail in rural Madison County. Holbert normally delivered mail twice a week […]

Holmes, Julia

Julia Rodgers Holmes was born on May 12, 1950 in Meridian, Mississippi. She is the daughter of Bilbo and Claudia […]

Hooker, Rosie and Alexander, Luther

Rosie Hooker and Luther Alexander also presently serve on the board of directors for the Institute. Mrs. Hooker is a […]

Horn, Ted

Ted Horn was a former Sheriff of Chickasaw County who received threats from local Ku Klux Klan leaders. Sources: Sovereignty […]

Howard, Dr. T.R.M.

Dr. Howard was a physician and prominent businessman in the 1940s and 1950s. Dr. Howard was the chief surgeon at […]

Howell, Jesse Lee

Jesse Lee Howell lived from 1892 to 1972. He worked as both a railroad hand and a farmer. It is […]

Hubbard, Ed

Hubbard was born in 1867 and eventually became one of the founding members of the Saint Elmo Baptist Church in […]

Huddleston, Robert E.

ROBERT E. HUDDLESTON serves in the Mississippi House of Representatives on behalf of the 30th House District. He was elected […]

Hutchinson, Flavou

Flavous Hutchinson was a law professor and writer on the civil rights movement. Hutchinson was born in 1923 in Tupelo, […]