Booker's Place

211 W. McLaurin St. Greenwood, MS 38930
near Baptist Town

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Booker Wright
b 1926  -  d 1973 Geenwood, MS

Booker was a waiter at Lusco's, a "Whites Only" restaurant in Greenwood, MS
near Baptist Town. In 1965, Booker was quoted in a NBC documentary on racism
in Mississippi.  As a result, Booker lost his job and was pistol-whipped by a policeman.
During the day, Booker ran his own restaurant for Blacks, which was firebombed
and Booker was subsequently shot-gunned murdered in 1973 by Lloyd Louis Cork
(nicknamed Blackie); a Black customer.  It has been offered that Cork was
hired to commit the murder.

NBC aired "Finding Booker's Place" on July 15, 2012 hosted by Lester Holt.
"Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story" premiered in Apil-2012 at the Tribeca Film Festival.
These came about largely through the efforts of Yvette Johnson, Bookers Granddaughte
born in 1974 after Bookers death.  Yvette is the daughter of Booker's daughter 
Katherine and Leroy Jones. Yvette lives in Phoenix, AZ however was
active in restoring Booker's Place.

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