Duck Hill, Mississippi

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Duck Hill is a town in Montgomery County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 746 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Duck Hill is located at 33°37′55″N 89°42′53″W / 33.63194°N 89.71472°W / 33.63194; -89.71472 (33.631875, -89.714655)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.7 km²), all of it land.

History

Duck Hill was the scene of two of the most infamous lynchings in U.S. history. In 1937, a white mob, in broad daylight, seized two black men who had just been arraigned for murder.[2] The men, Bootjack McDaniels and Roosevelt Townes, were transported by school bus to the lynching site, where they were tied to pine trees.[3] Before a mob of some 500 white men, women, and children, McDaniels was repeatedly burned in the chest with a blowtorch; the mob then finished him off with intense gunfire.[3] The lynchers then turned the blowtorch on Townes; they then burned him to death on a gasoline-soaked pyre.[3] A third black man, Shorty Dorroh, was flogged and ordered to leave Mississippi.[3] Although congressmen from other southern states, who at the time were fighting a federal antilynching bill, demanded that the lynchers be punished, no one was ever arrested for the mob murders of McDaniels and Townes.[4] The main effect of the outcry over the Duck Hill murders was to drive lynching in Mississippi underground—i.e., to efforts to disguise it as something more palatable (e.g., the death of black people who allegedly resisted arrest), or to keep reports of it out of Mississippi newspapers.[5]

Supposedly the name came from an Indian, named Sitting Duck, that lived on top of the big hill just as you enter the town coming from Grenada.Chief Duck, as he was called was also a Medicine man who treated not only the indians,but, was also known to help out the general population of the town. He was a member of the Choctaw indian tribe.

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