Civil rights icon Aaron Henry gets honor on Mississippi Freedom Trail

August 6, 2014 in News

CLARKSDALE, Mississippi (AP) — Civil rights icon and former legislator Aaron Henry will be honored Wednesday with a marker on the Mississippi Freedom Trail. The dedication will be 11:30 a.m. […]

Site of 1963 Woolworth’s Sit-In gets Freedom Trail Marker

May 29, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

On Tuesday, May 28, the newest marker on the Mississippi Freedom Trail was unveiled on East Capitol Street in downtown Jackson. The marker was erected at the site of the 1963 Woolworth’s store, where a historic sit-in by civil rights activists occurred.

Led by Tougaloo College students and faculty, the Woolworth’s sit-in on May 28, 1963, became one of the iconic moments of the Civil Rights movement.

A white mob threatened and attacked the activists and doused them with condiments over the course of several hours. Jackson Daily News photographer Fred Blackwell took images that, to this day, are synonymous with the movement and white resistance to it.

Rev. George Lee honored with Miss. Freedom Trail marker

May 15, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

On Friday, May 10, the Mississippi Freedom Trail honored Rev. George Lee with a marker in Belzoni. The event was at Green Grove M.B. Church at 603 Church Street in Belzoni. This is the 11th Mississippi Freedom Trail marker to be unveiled.

“The Mississippi Freedom Trail recognizes both the celebrated and lesser known heroes of the Civil Rights Movement,” said Malcolm White, director of the Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division. “This marker helps to preserve Rev. Lee’s legacy and to educate Mississippians and visitors alike on his role in the fight for justice and equality.”

Marker honors James Meredith

October 1, 2012 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

On Friday, the Mississippi Freedom Trail unveiled its latest marker to commemorate James Meredith’s enrollment as the first black student at Ole Miss.

“It’s important for our students today to be reminded of the sacrifices made by people like James Meredith so that they (the students) can have a better life. We are a better society because of those sacrifices,” said Daniel Jones, chancellor of the University of Mississippi.