The James W. Persons family of Wahalak, Mississippi, 1916. Back right: James W. Persons (father). Third row: Corrie (mother), Eva Robert and Mildred. Second row: Allene, John and Annie. Front row: Mable, Julia, Ashford, Elbert and Oscar. Two more children, Russell and Leonard, were born later.
The last public hanging in Kemper County - Tom Simpson from Wahalak. His father, on his death bed, admitted that he actually did the killing.
From "Kemper County, Mississippi - A Pictorial History", placed here with permission by the Kemper County Historical Commission
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