Civil Rights

When Emmett Till was murdered in 1955, the people of Mississippi found themselves at the forefront of one of the most pivotal periods of American history. This tragic event is widely considered the igniting spark of the modern Civil Rights movement. While the death of Emmett Till made national headlines, it was not the only event to set the scene for this great struggle. Only months before Till’s death, Reverend George Lee of Belzoni was assassinated after registering to vote. Other events in Mississippi, from the murder of Medgar Evers in 1963 to the killing of the three Civil Rights workers in Neshoba County the following year, rallied those involved with the Civil Rights movement and brought more people to the cause. Half a century later, Mississippi is the embodiment of changing times. Today, Mississippi has more elected African-American officials than any other state in the country, as the civil rights movement continues as a strong element of political, social and daily life.

The Mississippi Freedom Trail

The dedication of markers commemorating the following people, places, and events of the Civil Rights movement is underway.

PLACED LOCATION TO BE PLACED LOCATION
Bryant’s Store/Emmett Till Money Biloxi Beach Biloxi
Fannie Lou Hamer Gravesite Ruleville Municipal Library Jackson
Mississippi State Penitentiary (closed for repair) Parchman WLBT Jackson
Medgar Evers’s House Jackson Masonic Temple (M. W. Stringer Grand Lodge) Jackson
Greyhound Bus Station Jackson Neshoba County Jail Philadelphia
Amzie Moore Home Cleveland University of Southern Mississippi (Clyde Kennard) Hattiesburg
Woolworth’s Sit-in Jackson Vernon Dahmer Home Hattiesburg
Tougaloo College Jackson Mrs. Winson Hudson Home Carthage
Jackson State University (shootings) Jackson NAACP Headquarters Jackson
Dr. T. R. M. Howard Home Mound Bayou
William Chapel Ruleville
George Lee’s Home Belzoni
University of Mississippi (James Meredith) Oxford
Broad Street Park Greenwood
C. C. Bryant’s Home McComb
Aaron Henry’s Drug Store Clarksdale
Carpenters for Christmas/Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Blue Mountain
Mule Train/Poor Peoples’ March Marks
Rust College Holly Springs
Mississippi State Capitol Jackson
Madison County Movement Canton
Unita Blackwell Home Mayersville
COFO Office Jackson
March Against Fear Hernando
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