Thomas Pickens Brady

Thomas Pickens Brady, author of Black Monday, was educated in the public schools and graduated from Brookhaven High School in 1920. Thomas Brady practiced law in Brookhaven, Mississippi, from 1930 to 1950. He served as Circuit Judge of the 14th Judicial District from 1950 to 1963. He was appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court in July of 1963 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Associate Justice R. Olney Arrington. He was elected without opposition to fill the unexpired term. He was reelected to a full term beginning in January of 1969. Brady served as a Democratic National Committeeman from 1960 to 1964. He is the recipient of the 1956 Mississippi Legislature's distinguished service citation.

He is a member of the American and State Bar Associations and the American Judicature Society.
He is also a member of many honorary and fraternal organizations and is a 32nd Degree Mason, Knight Templar and Shriner.


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Whitworth College

Whitworth College founded in 1858 in Brookhaven, operated as a four-year, all-female, Methodist institution from 1858 until 1928. In 1928, it became a liberal arts junior college as part of the Millsaps System. In 1937, the Methodist Conference withdrew its support. In its time, the Whitworth College campus was a Civil War Confederate hospital, a junior college known for performances by prominent musicians, and an evening school for veterans attending college under the G.I. bill. The Whitworth campus was restored by the State of Mississippi and now serves as the site of the Mississippi School for the Arts.


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Black Monday

Judge Thomas Brady’s pamphlet, Black Monday, outlined the White Citizen’s Council’s goals, including the abolition of public schools, nullification of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and establishment of a separate black state. The publication of this handbook inspired many Mississippians to join the Citizens’ Council movement.


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