Belzoni, Mississippi

Lapidary, Charles J.
May 1956
New Republic;5/7/56, Vol. 134 Issue 19, p12
The article focuses on the racial discrimination in Belzoni, Mississippi, a populated town on the Yazoo River. It is the County Seat of Humphreys County consisting of 7,000 whites and 16,000 Negroes. C.L. Puckett, the tax consultant is also Secretary of the Belzoni Citizens' Council. Puckett explains that they are against the NAACP because it's a communist organization. As an example of the civic-mindedness of the Belzoni Citizens' Council, Puckett mentioned the "level-headed businessmen" who were sent to the polls on voting day for "security purposes." He didn't mention that one of the security purposes was to keep the Negroes from voting, and that one of the "level-headed businessmen" followed a Negro home from the polls and slashed him with a knife.


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