Bryant, C.C.

NAACP stalwart C.C. Bryant and his wife, Emogene, have lived in the same home for more than fifty years. Bryant’s barbershop, which was adjacent to the home, was a center for information about the struggle for black equality. There, patrons could read books about Africa, talk about voter registration or police brutality in the early days of the Movement, and read Black Press magazines and newspapers. Movement workers often went to the shop for haircuts as well as to meet local people.

When NAACP Field Secretary Medgar Evers visited McComb, he stayed in Bryant’s home, as did SNCC Field Secretary and Freedom Summer organizer Bob Moses. The barbershop was destroyed in a bombing in April 1964, and the house was bombed in June of that year.

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