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The Tallahatchie River flows from Tippah County, Mississippi to Leflore County, Mississippi, where it joins the Yalobusha River to form the Yazoo River. Tippah County is a county located in the state of Mississippi. ... Leflore County is a county located in the state of Mississippi. ... The Yalobusha River is a principal tributary of the Yazoo River in north-central Mississippi in the United States. ... hTe Yazoo River is a river in the U.S. state of Mississippi and the second longest tributary of the Mississippi River that flows into that river from the east (the longest is the Ohio River). ...


Though best known from the fictional song (and movie) Ode to Billy Joe, which has the refrain the day that Billy Joe McAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie River bridge, the river has historical significance due to the lynching of Emmett Till, an African-American youth who was badly beaten, shot, and sunk in the river. This event is mentioned in another song, "Freedom Highway," by the Staple Singers, in the lines, "Found dead people in the forests, Tallahatchie River and lakes/Whole world is wondering, what's wrong with the United States?" The Three Graces, here in a painting by Sandro Botticelli, were the goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility in Greek mythology. ... Ode to Billy Joe was a hit song in August-September 1967 written and performed by Bobbie Gentry, a singer-songwriter from Chickasaw County, Mississippi. ... Lynching is violence, usually murder, conceived by its perpetrators as extra-legal execution, or used as a terrorist method of enforcing social domination. ... Emmett Louis Bobo Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955) was an African-American teenager from Chicago, Illinois who was brutally lynched in a region of Mississippi known as the Mississippi Delta near the small town of Drew in Sunflower County. ... An African American (also Afro-American or Black American, or black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ...


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Yazoo River - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (281 words)
The Yazoo River is a river in the U.S. state of Mississippi and the second longest tributary of the Mississippi River that flows into that river from the east (the longest is the Ohio River).
The Yazoo River was named by French explorer La Salle in 1682 in reference to a Native American tribe living near the river's mouth.
The river is 188 miles long and is formed by the confluence of the Tallahatchie River and the Yalobusha River in Greenwood.
Tallahatchie River - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (156 words)
The Tallahatchie River flows from Tippah County, Mississippi to Leflore County, Mississippi, where it joins the Yalobusha River to form the Yazoo River.
Though best known from the fictional song (and movie) Ode to Billy Joe, which has the refrain the day that Billy Joe McAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie River bridge, the river has historical significance due to the lynching of Emmett Till, an African-American youth who was badly beaten, shot, and sunk in the river.
This event is mentioned in another song, "Freedom Highway," by the Staple Singers, in the lines, "Found dead people in the forests, Tallahatchie River and lakes/Whole world is wondering, what's wrong with the United States?"
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