Lynd, Theron


"On August 11, 1960, the United States Government formally requested Theron Lynd, the Circuit Clerk and Registrar of Voters for Forrest County, Mississippi, to open his registration records to federal inspectors for examination and photocopying in compliance with Title III of the Civil Rights Act of 1960. Lynd refused to submit to the government's wishes and on January 19, 1961, the government filed for an enforcement proceeding in federal district court to require Lynd to disclose his records. This attempt also proved ineffective and in July 1961, the United States Department of Justice officially filed suit against Lynd claiming he and his office had routinely infringed the civil rights of blacks in Forrest County by denying them the right to vote in violation of federal law 42 United States Code Annotated section 1971(a)."--Finding aid, United States of America vs. Theron C. Lynd, Registrar of Voters for Forrest County, Mississippi - Legal case Collection, The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries Special Collections

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