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Sumner is a town in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi. The population was 407 at the 2000 census. Sumner is one of the two county seats of Tallahatchie County. It is located on the west side of the county and the Tallahatchie River, which runs through the county north-south. The other county seat is Charleston, located east of the river. It was the first as settlement came from the east and it is larger.The Tallahatchie County Courthouse in Sumner was the site in 1955 of the trial of two men charged with the lynching murder in August of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African-American boy from Chicago who was visiting his great-uncle in Money, Mississippi. The all-white jury acquitted the men; a few months later, they sold their story to Look and admitted killing Till. The courthouse has been restored and also houses the Emmett Till Interpretive Center which opened in 2012.GeographySumner is located at .According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.6sqmi, all land.HistoryThe heavily wooded swamp along the Tallahatchie River was historically part of the Choctaw Nation, one of the Five Civilized Tribes of the Southeast. Ceding large amounts of territory to the United States, they were forced to remove to Indian Territory in the 1830s under the Indian Removal Act.Sumner is in Mississippi (MS). Our United States trip planning tool allows you to schedule your trip to Sumner, learn about its attractions, and find out about where else to go during your holiday.
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