Coahoma

PEOPLE

Zoya Zeman

Zoya Zeman, a native of Virginia, was a Freedom Summer volunteer.  After training in Oxford, Ohio, she was assigned to work in the community center in Clarksdale.

Source:
http://www.lib.usm.edu/legacy/archives/m320.htm

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PLACES

Myrtle Hall School

Myrtle Hall School was a black school during the segregation era that taught first through eighth grade. Still standing today.

Sources:

Payne, Charles M. I've Got the Light of Freedom: the Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle. Berkeley: University of California P, 1995.

Henry, Aaron, and Curry Constance. Aaron Henry: the Fire Ever Burning. Jackson: University P of Mississippi, 2000.

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EVENTS

Louis Stapleton Murder

(1960) Louis Stapleton died in jail, most likely of a beating. The police claimed that he died of heat exhaustion. The matter was never resolved.

Sources:

Henry, Aaron, and Curry Constance. Aaron Henry: the Fire Ever Burning. Jackson: University P of Mississippi, 2000.

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GROUPS

Coahoma County Federated Council of Organizations (CCFCO)

Coahoma County Federated Council of Organizations (CCFCO) was an “organizing screen” in which people who could not risk NAACP involvement could participate.

Source:
Crossroads at Clarksdale: The Black Freedom Struggle in the Mississippi Delta after World War II by Francoise Nicole Hamlin

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DOCUMENTS

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