Mississippi Delta Photos The Tallahatchie County Courthouse in Sumner, MS hosted the 1955 trial of J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant for the murder of Emmett Till Just outside Cleveland, MS, Dockery Farms was among the largest plantations in the Delta. Among the hundreds of laborers here, several of the earliest blues musicians learned their craft here. Along with dozens of other members of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Fannie Lou Hamer traveled to Atlantic City to challenge the admission of the state’s all white delegation to the 1964 Democratic National Convention. One of the leading black hospitals in the South, the Taborian Hospital was the centerpiece of Mound Bayou. The town was founded by freed slaves after the Civil War. In 1955, Emmett Till whistled at Carolyn Bryant in this country store in Money, MS. Till, a fourteen year old African American boy, was brutally murdered three days later for his behavior. This photo captures the Lorraine Motel (now National Civil Rights Museum, site of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assasination, from the rooming house James Earl Ray allegedly fired from. The last authentic rural jook joint, Po’ Monkey’s lounge still welcomes guests weekly to celebrate music. One of the most talented blues artists, Robert Johnson became equally known for the urban legend that he sold his soul to the devil for musical talent. He was poisoned to death in 1938.