The Owens family’s interest in Civil Rights was well known throughout McComb. Mrs. Beulah Owens was secretary of the McComb NAACP. When Webb Owens, a retired railroad worker, returned home in 1961, he immediately became involved in the Movement. He assisted SNCC workers in organizing efforts by soliciting donations of food and money for Movement people, and he served as a link between them and the local Black community. Webb Owens is warmly remembered for his “cool”countenance and “dapper”appearance.
Webb Owens lived with his brother, Mr. Dock Owens, whose home was targeted for attack because of Webb’s activities. However, the white attackers mistakenly shot into the home of Mrs. Clorine Andrews, who lived next door to the Owens family.