Location Information
(for the Westbrook Cotton Gin)
Name:Westbrook Cotton Gin [Cotton Gin]
Address:Gillsburg Road/ MS RT 548
Gillsburg Rd at Gale St.
City/County:Liberty, Amite County
Architectural Information
Construction Date:c.1930
Registration Information
NR Listing Date:11 Nov 2010
View National Register Nomination Form
Site of the killing of Herbert Lee in on September 25, 1961 by E. H. Hurst.

The Westbrook Cotton Gin is a rare local example of a once common resource in many Mississippi communities. The corrugated steel sided building housed ginning operations until the 1960s. A machine shop later occupied the large open space. The Westbrook Cotton Gin is also historically significant as the site of a Civil Rights-era slaying. Herbert Lee, a local dairy farmer and voting rights advocate, was shot and killed by a white man on September 25, 1961. A coroner’s jury, convened only hours after the shooting, issued a finding of self-defense. An eyewitness who later recanted his testimony was murdered.
No charges were ever filed. The Westbrook Cotton Gin was listed on November 10, 2010. Nancy Bell, Executive Director of the Vicksburg Foundation for Historic Preservation, wrote the nomination.