Talley, Pete

Mr. Talley was the NAACP President in 1989 when the Neshoba County Board of Supervisors redistricted Neshoba County, making District 5 a predominantly African-American community, thus giving blacks more influence in county politics. In that same year, he was very […]

Tention, Helen: Oral History

Helen Tention, a teacher and a mother during the Civil Rights Movement, remembers well the impact that segregation and the process of desegregation had on the children in her community. She discusses the murders of the three civil rights workers […]

Thomas, John

John Thomas was a long-time civil rights advocate who was shot and killed in front of a grocery store in West Point, Mississippi, on August 14, 1970. His killer, a white man named Seth Stanley, was later acquitted by an […]

Thomas, Johnny B.

JOHNNY B. THOMAS, born on November 30, 1953, is a native of Glendora and is currently the town’s mayor. He attended Mississippi Valley State University and, in the 1970s, became a political and civil rights activist. He has the distinction […]

Thompson, Dr. William Bert

Dr. William Bert Thompson was interviewed regarding his career of teaching and administration in Mississippi public schools. For twenty years he served in the Greenville, Mississippi, public schools as assistant principal, principal, and superintendent. He guided the Greenville public school […]

Thompson, Loyal W.

Loyal W. Thompson, Sr. served as Captain and Director Chairman of the Citizen’s Club and member of the local chapter of the NAACP. In the June 1965 issue of Look magazine, Thompson was photographed sitting on his porch holding his […]

Till, Emmett

Emmett Louis Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955) was an African-American teenager from Chicago, Illinois, who was brutally lynched near the small town of Drew in Sunflower County, Mississippi. His murder was one of the key events that […]

Tisdale, Eva M.: Oral History

Eva M. Tisdale is a native of Clarke County. She moved to Philadelphia in 1965 to work in the COFO office. She graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in social work. She is a social worker with the […]

Tranquilli, Martha

Martha Tranquilli was a nurse who came to Panola during Freedom Summer in1964 and ended up staying in Mississippi. Sources: Wirt, Frederick M. “Politics and Southern Equality.”Chicago: Aldine Publishing (1970). Wirt, Frederick M. “We Ain’t What We Was.”Durham: Duke University […]

Tucker, Pattie Sue

Pattie Sue Tucker-Tucker was a white teacher who was one of the few teachers to stay in the public school system after desegregation. Sources: