A Typical Week in Mississippi: COFO Hears of Many Incidents

notes from Mississippi

This is the first article in a continuing series pertaining to the civil rights movement in Mississippi. Mr. Cummings spent the past summer on a Council of Federated Organizations project in Holly Springs, Miss. on Hartman Turnbow, also an MFDP delegate to Atlanta City. Turnbow, a local Negro farmer, has been a leading MFDP organizer in Holmes County.

Hernando: Samuel Williams, the only registered Negro voter in this town, refused a certificate of voting status at the court house. The clerk threatened Williams' life.

Thursday, Oct. 1

Tupelo: COFO staff evicted from its office.

Shaw: School reopened here after being closed due to a boycott. Two Negro students who joined in the boycott denied re-admission.


Indianola: A Negro woman lost her job as a cook in the local high school. Her son arrested four days later in a voter registration drive.

Vicksburg: Local Negro woman, not associated with COFO, reports that 13 shots were fired into her house last Sunday.

Tchula: COFO staff member arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, a bread knife. Car impounded. Police have set up road blocks and are interrogating people who attend local COFO community center.

McComb: Three white men arrested and charged with at least two recent bombings.

Greenwood: MFDP delegates Dewey Green and Mary Lane, given summonses to appear in court on Oct. 26. Some speculation that all 68 MFDP delegates may be charged with contempt of court for having disobeyed an earlier court order which enjoined the MFDP from functioning.

Friday, Oct. 2

Jackson: Six policemen enter the COFO headquarters with a warrant made out for the arrest of "him." Finally leave after looking around the office. No arrests made.

McComb: A fourth white man arrested in connection with 11 bombings of Negro homes and churches.

Saturday, Oct. 3

Leake County: Theodis Hewitt, Leake City COFO director, arrested for speeding and reckless driving.