Small Town of Sumner Mississippi Acting Big

Art Gallery, Historical Museum, Restaurant, Farmer's Market and Festival - What next?!

Michael Wagner, First Pres minister and wife, Maude Schuyler Clay, Anna Booth Clay at Sumner Harvest Festival

Michael Wagner, First Pres minister and wife, Maude Schuyler Clay, Anna Booth Clay at Sumner Harvest Festival

By MAGICAL MADGE

Sumner, Mississippi

The small Town of Sumner in the Mississippi Delta isn’t letting its size of only 310 hold it back from making a difference in the community.

The picturesque hamlet, county seat for West Tallahatchie, has a vision worth noting.

Remember our writing about the Cassidy Bayou Art and Culture Center? Link One or Link Two or Link Three

Then there was the opening of Sumner Grille. Link One

The town then took on the mission to restore the beautiful courthouse with the help of the Mississippi Department of Archives to the near-exact state it was in during the 1955 trial for the murder of Emmett Till. Located across the street is the new Emmett Till Memorial Commission headquarters. Patrick Weems is the director.

This past summer Sumner started a Farmer’s Market and just last weekend held a Harvest Festival with marching bands, fried catfish, live music and much, much more.

Make Sumner a destination, only 20 minutes south of Clarksdale. You’ll be glad you did.

Emmett Till Memorial Commission Director Patrick Weems at center in Sumner

Emmett Till Memorial Commission Director Patrick Weems at center in Sumner

Leonard Patterson and daughter Elizabeth Melton at Sumner Harvest Festival

Leonard Patterson and daughter Elizabeth Melton at Sumner Harvest Festival

Frank Mitchener outside the Cassidy Bayou Art and Culture Center in Sumner

Frank Mitchener outside the Cassidy Bayou Art and Culture Center in Sumner

Flea Market during Sumner Harvest Festival - note Emmett Till marker

Flea Market during Sumner Harvest Festival – note Emmett Till marker

Frank Mitchener and Bill Houston outside the Sumner Grille

Frank Mitchener talking with someone outside the Sumner Grille

Sumner Harvest Festival Poster

Sumner Harvest Festival Poster


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