On February 18, 1995, Mrs. Myrlie Evers-Williams was elected to the position of Chairman of the National Board of Directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the first woman to lead the nation’s oldest civil […]
Freedmen in Port Gibson founded this church in 1876. It was moved to the site that it rests on today in 1986. The church served an essential role in the Civil Rights Movement in Port Gibson. Starting in 1965, the […]
Horace Lightfoot lived from 1927 to 1976. He was a tradesman, businessman, and public servant. He was a native of neighboring Claiborne County. He received his education at local schools and Alcorn A&M College. In 1960, he became the first […]
Marcena A. Phelps participated in the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi from 1960-1967. She was a member of the NAACP and SCLC. She helped register people to vote and assisted the freedom riders. When local churches used for meetings were […]
Irwin Russell (1853- 1879) was the author of “Christman Night in the Quarters”and other poems. He won fame with his poems in the Negro dialect. A memorial located on 1055 College in Port Gibson was constructed for Russell on land […]
Dr. Ollye Shirley was an accomplished leader in public television, children’s programming and advocacy, civil rights activism, public education, community service, and more. She and her late husband, Dr. Aaron Shirley, were paragons of civil rights in Mississippi. (Photo: Dr. Shirley […]
During Reconstruction, federal troops served as occupation forces in Mississippi until 1877. During this period of time, many blacks ventured into Vicksburg to take advantage of their new freedom. Many joined the Union Army and others started their own businesses. […]
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