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Tallahatchie County Mississippi Historical Markers

 
Area view towards town of Glendora. image, Touch for more information
By Mark Hilton, October 18, 2015
Area view towards town of Glendora.
Mississippi (Tallahatchie County), Glendora — Clinton Melton
The September 1955 acquittal of J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant for the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till fueled further racial violence. Clinton Melton was an outspoken black man who was gunned down here 2-1/2 months later by Milam’s friend Elmer . . . — Map (db m89871) HM
Mississippi (Tallahatchie County), Glendora — Glendora Gin
An old metal fan used for ginning cotton was taken from this gin, the M.B. Lowe's Glendora Gin, by Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam. After shooting the 14-year-old Emmett Till in the head, the men attached the fan, weighing over 70 pounds, to Till’s . . . — Map (db m89882) HM
Mississippi (Tallahatchie County), Glendora — King's Place
This site is where a black reporter, James Hicks, discovered information pertinent to the trial for the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955. Here a young woman revealed to Hicks the real name of Leroy “Too Tight” Collins, as well . . . — Map (db m89872) HM
Mississippi (Tallahatchie County), Glendora — Milam's House
This site was the home of J.W. Milam, who along with his half-brother, Roy Bryant, murdered 14-year-old Emmett Till on August 28, 1955. The two men confessed to journalist William Bradford Huie, during which Milam claimed he and his brother . . . — Map (db m89876) HM
Mississippi (Tallahatchie County), Glendora — 63 — Sonny Boy Williamson
Front Sonny Boy Williamson (c. 1912-1965), one of the premier artists in blues history, was born on a Glendora plantation under the name Alex Miller. A colorful character and charismatic performer, he was widely known as . . . — Map (db m90025) HM
Mississippi (Tallahatchie County), Sumner — Emmett Till Murder Trial
In August 1955 the body of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black youth from Chicago, was found in the Tallahatchie River. On September 23, in a five day trial held in this courthouse, an all-white jury acquitted two white men, Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, . . . — Map (db m89870) HM
Mississippi (Tallahatchie County), Sumner — Tallahatchie County
Org. Dec. 23, 1833, after Third Choctaw Cession. Name means "River of the Rock." Tillatoba first county seat. Three adjacent counties contain part of original county. County seats are Charleston and Sumner. — Map (db m89748) HM
Mississippi (Tallahatchie County), Sumner — Tallahatchie County Confederate Monument
Front 1861–1865 Our Heroes Rear "For truth dies not and by her light they raise the flag whose starry folds have never trailed; and by the low tents of the deathless deed they left the . . . — Map (db m90268) WM
Mississippi (Tallahatchie County), Tutwiler — Legendary Home of the BluesA Landmark of American Music
In his autobiography, father of the blues, W.C. Handy stated that he first heard the blues, a native negro ballad form, in the railroad station of Tutwiler in 1895. — Map (db m89919) HM
Mississippi (Tallahatchie County), Tutwiler — 95 — W.C. Handy Encounters the Blues
Front Bandleader W. C. Handy was waiting for a train here at the Tutwiler railway station circa 1903 when he heard a man playing slide guitar with a knife and singing “Goin’ where the Southern cross’ the Dog.” Handy later . . . — Map (db m90027) HM

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