In 1995, the Jackson City Council named this park in honor of Benjamin Brown. On May 10, 1967, when two African American police officers attempted to arrest a speeder on Lynch Street at Jackson State, they were harassed by swarms of students, setting off two days of unrest that culminated in the tragic death of Benjamin Brown on May 12. A 22-year old truck driver and civil rights activist, Brown was shot by gunfire from law enforcement officers. A Jackson native, Brown attended Rowan, a middle school, when it was a junior high school.
“Civil Rights Driving Tour of Hinds County”produced by the Associated Press, Tougaloo College, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and the Mississippi Development Authority (Tourism Division).