Elizabeth Allen

Davis W. Houck and David E. Dixon

in Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965

Published by University Press of Mississippi

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9781604731071
Published online March 2014 | e-ISBN: 9781604737608 | DOI:
Elizabeth Allen

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Born on October 8, 1922, in Amite County, Mississippi, Elizabeth Taplin Allen was a civil rights activist whose husband, Louis Allen, was killed in 1964 after telling the truth about the murder of Herbert Lee, a local farmer and founding member of the NAACP in Amite County. On June 16, 1964, less than six months after her husband’s brutal murder, Allen testified before a House subcommittee in Washington D.C. This chapter reproduces Allen’s testimony, in which she described the terror faced by blacks in Mississippi due to white intimidation and lawlessness.

Keywords: testimony; Elizabeth Taplin Allen; civil rights; Louis Allen; murder; Herbert Lee; NAACP; blacks; Mississippi; lawlessness

Chapter.  2352 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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