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A Show of Strength: Facing and Telling the Truth About Lynchings in Lafayette County

Two jars of soil filled outside

Telling a fuller, more complete history is a partial, but necessary step toward healing and the possibility of reconciliation. Collectively, we need to know a fuller history of our past. We need to understand how things were done and why they happened. In this state and in our county, we need to acknowledge the truth of lynching: the fact that many times, a mob of white men abducted and brutally killed a Black man in Lafayette County. We need to acknowledge that mob violence is never acceptable. We need to understand lasting impacts of lynching on our community and families within our community. It is only in telling the truth and hearing the truth that we can address the injustice of these acts.

Quindaris Burress Charged With Murder at Age 13, But Still Awaits Trial in Tupelo Three Years Later

At age 13, Quindaris was charged as an adult in the October 2017 shooting death of 70-year-old Henry Adams, Jr. The Baldwyn businessman, who authorities said sold used vehicles out of his home and was known to have cash on hand, was found dead in his home from multiple gunshot wounds. Today, Quindaris Burress still awaits trial. At 16, he remains in the Lee County Adult Detention Center in Tupelo. His case renewed the debate over whether children should be charged as adults in capital murder cases.