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Sheriff H. Clarence Strider

Sheriff H. Clarence Strider

WARNING:  THIS DESCRIPTION CONTAINS DISPARAGING, INAPPROPRIATE LANGUAGE USED BY A SHERIFF, IN 1955, AGAINST AFRICAN-AMERICANS.  PROCEED WITH CAUTION.

H. Clarence Strider was the Sheriff of Mississippi's Tallahatchie County at the time Emmett Till was murdered. 

A big man, weighing 270 pounds, he owned a plantation where African-American sharecroppers worked and lived.

A segregationist, Strider was known to make disparaging remarks against black people, such as:

We never have any trouble until some of our Southern [uses the "N word"] go up North and the NAACP talks to 'em and they come back home. 

If they would keep their nose and mouths out of our business we would be able to do more when enforcing the laws of Tallahatchie County and Mississippi.

Strider testified on behalf of the defense at the trial of Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam and publicly congratulated the defendants after they were found "not guilty."

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5186stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Jun 27, 2019


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Photo of Clarence Strider, online courtesy Library of Congress.

 

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