Booker's Place

211 W. McLaurin St. Greenwood, MS
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 Granddaughter born in
1974 after Bookers death.  Yvette is the daughter of Booker's daughter Katherine and Leroy Jones.

Yvette lives in Phoenix, AZ however is active in restoring Booker's Place
and is working on making the building into a Literary Center.

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