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Dr. Currie Porter Boyd
709 E. Jefferson St., Dunbar Carver Alumni Museum

Dr. Currie Porter Boyd was born in Haywood County in 1924. He went to school in Haywood County before transferring for his final two years of high school to Merry in Jackson, Tennessee.  He went on to earn his undergraduate degree from Tennessee State University and his graduate degree in education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  During his career, Boyd taught at Jackson State Community College and Lane College in Jackson.

In the 1950s, blacks voting rights became a central issue to the emerging Civil Right Movement.  Boyd helped establish the Haywood County Civic and Welfare League in response to black disenfranchisement. At the time, Boyd and others tried to register to vote in Haywood County, but were denied.  The backlash by the white majority in the county was devastating.  In 1959, black sharecroppers were evicted from their homes in response.  The league initiated the first legal action against a party primary under the Civil Rights Act of 1957 when they filed suit against the local Democratic Party.  Their frustration led to the formation of a “Tent City” where African American families pushed out of their homes lived as a form of protest.

Boyd went on to run for 26th District Senate Seat and host a weekly talk show where he discussed a wide variety of subjects from agriculture to religion.  When he died in 1997, he was working on two books simultaneously; The Sociological Implications of Louie Jordan’s Music and a History of the Haywood County Civil Rights Movement of the Sixties.

Dunbar-Carver Residential District