During Reconstruction, county offices were held by Afro-Americans. The sheriff of Coahoma County, John Brown, was accused of embezzlement and denounced at the Republican convention by Governor Alcorn. The convention broke up in confusion.
A group of Afro-Americans organized a raid against Friars Point, and the whites organized a response. Several Afro-Americans died, and one white man.
Genesis 4:9-11 (ESV)
Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” And the Lord said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground. And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.
Is the voice of spilt blood from the Friars Point riot crying out from the ground? Forgive us our sins of slavery, racism, violence, and greed.
Christ loved Coahoma County and gave Himself up for her, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. We plead His precious Blood over the blood spilt in the Friars Point riot.
Love covers all offenses. We call forth words of love in Coahoma County to cover the bitter curses of racism. We call forth acts of submission to one another to revere Christ. We declare that we are our brothers’ keepers. Love! Love! Love!