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Mississippi flood of 1927--In the days that followed, racial tensions in Greenville reached boiling point. When relief supplies finally reached the city, they were distributed on the basis of race. Frequently African Americans were left with nothing. At the same time black men were rounded up and forced to work rebuilding the levee. After a white policeman killed an African American for refusing to work a double shift, Will Percy told a meeting of blacks, "That foolish policeman is not the…

A Photo Tour of the Flooded Mississippi, 1927

Photos from the historic flooding of the Mississippi River during 1927. The event accelerated the Great Migration to northern cities like Chicago.

Largest all black town in the South after the Reconstruction period

Blanche K. Bruce House -909 M Street, NW Washington, DC. Bruce represented Mississippi as a full time senator and became the first African American to serve a full term in the senate

Benjamin "Pap" Singleton (1809 - February 17, 1900) was an American activist and businessman best known for his role in establishing African-American settlements in Kansas. A prominent voice for early black nationalism, he became involved in promoting and coordinating black-owned businesses in Kansas and developed an interest in the Back-to-Africa movement.

During World War I, tens of thousands of African Americans fled the South. In Up South, a Mississippi barber and a sharecropper woman tell how they organized groups to escape Jim Crow laws, lynchings, and forced labor

Telegram from James Meredith to Robert Ellis, Registrar of the University of Mississippi, 1962 After a series of legal battles, James Meredith became the first African American accepted at the segregated University of Mississippi. Backed by a Supreme Court ruling, he attempted to register at the Ole Miss campus in Oxford on September 20, 1962 but was personally blocked by Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett.

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