Historical Fiction Timeline by Mrs. M

Civil Rights Events

Brown VS Board of Education Ruling

May 17, 1954 - May 18, 1954

Segregation in schools is unconstitutional.

Rosa Parks Refuses to give up her seat.

December 1, 1955 - December 2, 1955

Montgomery Bus Boycott begins and lasts 385 days

Public Busses are Desegregated

December 21, 1956 - December 22, 1956

Montgomery Bus Boycott ends.

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing

September 15, 1963 - September 16, 1963

Four young girls (Denise McNair, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Addie Mae Collins) attending Sunday school are killed when a bomb explodes at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.

Civil Rights Act of 1964

1964 - 1965

The Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination of all kinds based on race, color, religion, or national origin.

Mississippi Trial, 1955

Hiram moves to Arizona

August 1948 - September 1948

Harlem finished graduate school and moves his family away from the South.

Hiram comes back to Greenwood to visit Grandpa

August 19, 1955 - August 20, 1955

Hiram finally gets his way and is able to travel to Mississippi to visit his grandpa.

Emmett Till's body found

August 31, 1955 - September 1, 1955

Emmett's body is found floating in the Tallahatchie River.

Emmett's Trial Begins

September 19, 1955 - September 20, 1955

Trial begins in the Tallahatchie County Courthouse in Sumner, Mississippi with Judge Curtis L. Swango presiding.

Bryant and Milam Acquitted of Murder

September 30, 1955 - October 1, 1955

Three months after their acquittal, Roy Bryant and J. W. Milam, described in an interview in Look magazine, how they kidnapped, tortured, and murdered Emmett Till.