Mississippi: White Men Kill Black Minister and Steal Over 270 Acres of Land

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During the 1940s, it was rare for a black person to have control over an enormous amount of land. However, Reverend Isaac Simmons from Amite County, Mississippi, owned more than 270 acres of debt-free land. His family is said to have owned the land since 1887, and worked the land producing crops and selling the wood. It was not long before rumors began to spread that there was oil in southwest Mississippi.

A group of six white men decided to show up on Simmons’ land and warn him to stop cutting lumber. Simmons consulted with a lawyer to work out the dispute and ensure his that the property would belong to his children in the event of his death.

Later, the men showed up at the house of Simmons’ oldest son, Eldridge. They order him to show them the property line. While Eldridge and the men were riding out to the property line, the men began to beat Eldridge and shouted that the Simmons family thought they were “smart niggers” for consulting a lawyer. The men then went to Reverend Simmons’ home, dragged him out of his house, and drove off the property with him in the car.

The men shot Simmons three times, cut out his tongue, and told his son that the family had ten days to get off the land. Three days later, Reverend Simmons was buried and his family fled the area, so the killers took possession of the land. Later, an all-white jury acquitted the only one of the six men to face trial for murder.

source:

http://nuweb9.neu.edu/civilrights/rev-isaac-simmons/

23 Comments

  • Slow Williams April 28, 2016 - 5:05 am Reply

    So with this being a true story, why can’t the justice department reopen the case, and get the land back for his descendants?

    • Evelyn May 8, 2017 - 12:03 pm Reply

      Because the Justice department, like any other political department is corrupt. Have you ever heard of anyone getting there mule and an acre? NO

    • jenny stauffer August 11, 2017 - 10:24 am Reply

      Ha, look at the racist that is the head of the DOJ. but yes it should be given back to the descendants or a value of said land.

  • Vanessa Little May 8, 2017 - 10:27 pm Reply

    Stories the children of today will never be told about in schools…. Lost History!

  • Roosevelt wilkerson May 8, 2017 - 10:55 pm Reply

    da family instead of fleeing they should have dug a pit a very deep pit and every time someone appears on their land and then create a rumor themselves bout a bottomless pit on da property all who dare beware your return not guaranteed da land is haunted

  • ct May 9, 2017 - 6:17 am Reply

    articles.latimes.com/2001/dec/02/news/mn-10514

  • Mitchell Jamerson May 10, 2017 - 7:28 am Reply

    It’s happening to me in Richmond California right now, the county clerk’s office is listing fraudulent documents on my property and refuse to take them, America hasn’t changed especially now because we have no to help us negotiate through an unjust system.

    • donna May 11, 2017 - 3:41 am Reply

      Mitchell jamerson contact the Milton grimes officethey are the johnny Cochran attys bring forth the story of the minister and your story as well it will spark a result. contact dick Gregory and Tariq nasheed they are black men whom protect the black diaspora. umar Johnson would probabably be a verygood person to contact. this supremacy is beyond far out of ontrol. FIGHT til the last breath FIGHT love and peace and millions behind u …. remember u are and say it like this I AM A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES. inform the county office thathere are legal offices that will consider tihis an obstruction of the law . I u reachthe governor and mayer u will find someone that is sympatheic to this racism and will guide u. FIGHT.

    • Kieran Jackson August 10, 2017 - 6:08 pm Reply

      Contact Attorney Iverson Jackson. He was in the Milton Grimes office. They get WINS for their clients!!!

  • Billy May 11, 2017 - 6:22 am Reply

    Start an LLC, loan yourself some money or sell the land to the llc, miss a payment and put a lien on your property so no one can take unless the lien is remedied. That way it is legal, so long as the lien is justified and not fraudulent ,for non payment. Consult a lawyer first.

  • Jean Rhodes May 15, 2017 - 3:32 am Reply

    Thank U Donna and Billy For The Information!! I too would like for Mr. Simmons Family Get Their Land Back!!

  • Rose May 21, 2017 - 8:30 pm Reply

    Exactly why didnt they…and the show QUEEN SUGAR I BELIEVE is based on this… wow how in the world can this kind of tragics happen to our ppl just stole Mr.Summons families land how ib the h did they get away with this Rih Mr. Summons most highly respect for your family land please!!!!

  • Apachewolf June 7, 2017 - 9:37 am Reply

    Wow I agree

    • Linda June 14, 2017 - 1:13 am Reply

      That’s alright they just got by, but they will not get away. They got to face Jesus and they will see that family.

  • carolyn packard August 10, 2017 - 10:28 am Reply

    lhe very least that should be done is to provide the names of the white men who are alleged to have tortured and killed him and to provide a real estate history of ownership of the land since his murder-at least everyone involved will be outed and their heirs can explain why they
    are okay with owning blood land.

  • Maurice Stafford August 10, 2017 - 10:34 am Reply

    Because it’s too much to do the right thing, though it’s a known fact and evidence to support the truth no nigger deserves to have more than an true white bread american!! The way it works, they didn’t not lock anyone up for the crime and not going to take distribute the land to its rightful place!america where you can kill a man, steel what’s his, and destroy the lives of the members of the families who once held that fine line! American Monsters

  • Michelle August 10, 2017 - 1:52 pm Reply

    The descendants of Mr. Simmons could bring a federal civil suit against the descendants of the known murderers(since there is court records) for violation of civil rights and wrongful death etc…and they can’t retry the original case as that would be double jeopardy unfortunately. But this is the way they can and should get justice for Mr. Simmons death and the land that was stolen.

  • Carl J Griffin August 11, 2017 - 1:12 pm Reply

    Should have it took cause after they beat my son I kill all of them l might got hung but my son learn a valuable lesson. Killing is what you have to do to protect his property and family we want to live for every. That it not true story black in them day had to know because he had to know something to have that much in the first place

  • dereka August 12, 2017 - 9:25 am Reply

    This is the same thing happened in Slocum, TX in 1910 during it’s massacre. a town of black people were murdered and their land taken too. One of descendants of Slocum, TX massacre is still alive, her granddad owned over 700 acres, a grainery and store ALL taken from them.

    of course… you know how the story pans out… white man got jealous, made up a lie and a gang of over 300 something whites went around killing blacks…. no prosecution or convictions for their crimes…

  • Donna Marie Bell May 22, 2018 - 9:06 pm Reply

    Carolyn packard I’m a descendent of Isaac Simmons a great granddaughter to be exact Im in my 50’s my mom who was 10 yrs old when her grandad was killed she is still living in her 80’s Ive been searching and searching and praying for justice for great grandpa Isaac but theres an article titled strange fruit and Spanish moss March 26, 1944 it lists all the names of all the men involved but only one was tried and acquired

  • Donna Marie Bell May 22, 2018 - 9:21 pm Reply

    Oh and as far as the very least for what they did to my great grandfather them and all their decendents should have to pay for what they did because guess what? We had to pay for not getting our rightful inheritance! And again what the courts failed to reveal to this day is the extreme details of how herrendous this murder was! They cut off his genitals and stuffed them in his mouth and then they cut out his tongue! You tell me what kind of punishment would be equal to what they did to my great grandfather? You tell me what punishment would be able to repay what these animals took away and lied on top of lied and covered up so much more than was revealed that the dead buried it with them and we will never know all that was hidden because who would believe a black person in 1944 when racism was so prevalent and even still exists to this day because even if we tried to uncover this terrible evil there are descents of these evil people still living on our land who would do any and everything not to have the truth revealed and yes living on bloody land! But Isaac won’t rest until they pay because his blood is on that land still crying out for justice

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