Jackson Sr., John W.

Jackson was an organizer and charter member of Clay County Chapter NAACP. Jackson also assisted in organizing the Mississippi Freedom […]

Jackson, James

James Jackson was a local barber and leader of the Deacons for Defense and Justice, a paramilitary group founded to […]

Jackson, Jessie

In 1985 Jessie Jackson came to Tunica County, Mississippi. He proclaimed Tunica, Mississippi to be “America’s Ethiopia”because of its rank […]

Jackson, Luther

On Oct. 30, 1959, Luther Jackson was murdered by then Philadelphia, Mississippi policeman Lawrence Rainey. Rainey was not prosecuted. He […]

Jackson, Woodrow “Champ”: Oral History

WOODROW “CHAMP”JACKSON was born February 10, 1921 in Tchula, Mississippi. He is recognized for preparing the body of Emmett Till […]

Jacobs, Charles

Jacobs came to Brookhaven in 1958 and helped to establish the Brookhaven Daily Leader in 1968. He was editor of […]

Johnson, Bertha LeBranche

Bertha LaBranche Johnson was born in Wesson. She was the co-founder of not only the Prentiss Institute but also the […]

Johnson, Jonas Edward “J.E.”

In 1907 the Prentiss Institute was founded by Jonas Edward “J.E.”Johnson (a Laurel native) and his wife Bertha LaBranche Johnson […]

Johnson, Sarah H.

Johnson was a civil rights activist and was elected as the first black member of Greenville City Council in 1973. […]

Johnston, Earl

Earl Johnston lived most of his life in Forest, MS, and became the editor of the Scott County Times newspaper, […]

Jones, J.W.

Jones was the owner and publisher of The Community Citizen, which circulated in New Albany, during the Civil Rights Movement.

Jones, Lillie

The Jones House was located at 241 Carver Avenue. Lillie “Aunt Lil”Jones encouraged the civil rights movement from her front […]

Jones, Needham

Before integration, the schools were one of the many public facilities that were segregated. Needham Jones was the principal at […]

Jordan, Cleve; Block, Sam; Bevel, James; and Moore, Amzie

Cleve Jordan of Greenwood, Sam Block and others like James Bevel of Itta Bena, Amzie Moore of Cleveland and Fannie […]