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The East End Tea Room

East End Tea Room Cover

Hard Cover, 287 Pages,
13 Photos


"Don't die without reading The East End Tea Room."  Read more of what Mike Pierce writing for the Meridian Star had to say about The East End Tea Room at the bottom of this page.

The East End Tea Room is a true story about the citizens of Mississippi weathering the storm in the 1960's when hundreds of civil rights activists from the North invaded the state. It was during a time when black ghettoes in the civil rights worker's own backyards in Northern cities were about to explode in death and destruction. In one year, 67 race riots broke out in Northern cities. In Detroit alone, 43 people were killed and millions of dollars in property destroyed.

And the nation may have noticed, but the media never reported, that none of these destructive race riots occurred in the South.

The story is about the civil rights movement in the 1960's, but it also describes an era of honky tonk fighters in Meridian, never equaled before or since. The East End Tea Room was not a Klan hangout, but a colorful beer joint that depicts the honky tonk scene during that bygone period of Meridian's history. The book is also an insiders account of the civil rights murders in the fictional movie Mississippi Burning.

The East End Tea Room is dedicated to the citizens of Mississippi, white and black, who weathered the storm of the Second Reconstruction in Mississippi and later voted overwhelmingly to preserve the proud heritage of the Mississippi state flag.

Mike Pierce, News Director of radio station WMOX-AM in Meridian, Mississippi and long time resident of Meridian, writing for the Meridian Star newspaper, had the following comments about The East End Tea Room.  Mr. Peirce is a regular contributor to the Meridian Star newspaper.  This article was published in the October 2, 2002 edition.

"If you asked my opinion, I would say, 'Don't die with reading "The East End Tea Room."'" These stories are and surly will continue to be told in both heaven and hell. They are the kind of stories worth repeating."

"...he [Author Hewitt Clark] did extensive research on the East End Tea Room and the patrons. These patrons had life stories that would make good fiction for a John Grisham novel."

"...everyone who has ever lived in or around Meridian will recognize many people and places in this book and that is the one thing that can make a good book great."

"It was also the beginning of what Hewitt Clarke called 'The Second Reconstruction of Mississippi,' more commonly known as the civil rights movement."

"It would be easy to write a dark and dreary book about those days. It was hard times for whites and blacks. It was hard times for the whole county. ...but you won't lay down the East End tea Room feeling depressed."

"You don't have to read the East End Tea Room, before you die, but if you don't, you will not have lived your life to the fullest."

  • Publisher:  Lone Star Press
  • Date Published:  September 2005.
  • ISBN:  0-9649231-3-0
  • Pages:  287

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